At our sutta study group last night, we were going
through MN 128 (Upakkilesa - Imperfections) - in
English, and when we got to the part where the Buddha
was describing to Anuruddha all the ways in which he
noticed imperfections preventing his concentration,
there was one which ~Nanamoli/Bodhi translate as
"inertia". Trying to fathom what this was all about,
I looked up the Pali word being translated, and it was
"du.t.thulla.m". (See PTS M.iii.159). The PED
translated this as "wickedness", and in adjectival
form as "wicked, lewd". Does anyone have an idea
where "inertia" might come from? And what is the
sense of this as an imperfection?
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