Defilement denotes negative emotions in mind like greed, anger, and
ignorance. Allowing such negative emotions to evolve stands to offset
inner balance, impact on behavior and activity, and, if left without
intervention, turn into killing, stealing, engaging in sexual misconduct,
and lying, the first three of which termed three poisons in Buddhism.
It is imperative that prior efforts are made to prevent and resolve.
Defilement is so called because it is emotional disturbance and loss
of independence in mind, discomfort and disharmony. The Weishi sect
divides defilement into two groups, fundamental and accordant.
Fundamental defilement denotes greed, anger, ignorance, arrogance,
doubt, and view.
Greed denotes unstoppable delusional and insatiable chase after
material and affection;
Anger denotes emotional imbalance and instability giving rise to anger
in the face of negative condition, assuming reckless behavior as outlet,
and hurting self and another in the end;
Ignorance denotes inability to comprehend the source of defilement and
that of cause and effect, in turn giving rise to greed, anger, and
Arrogance denotes pride or reluctance in doing what should be done,
slacking and indolence, nonchalance about time, self-aggrandizement,
and contempt for another;
Doubt denotes inability to handle the truth, hesitation and distrust; and
View denotes assumption of erroneous perspective, unreadiness to
accept the truth, and inability to read cause and effect.