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Attention (Skt. manaskāra; Tib. ཡིད་བྱེད་, yi jé, Wyl. yid byed) — one of the fifty-one mental states defined in Abhidharma literature. According to the Compendium of Abhidharma, it belongs to the subgroup of the five ever-present mental states.


In the Khenjuk, Mipham Rinpoche says:

  • Tib. ཡིད་བྱེད་ནི་དམིགས་པ་ལ་སེམས་འཛིན་པ།
  • Attention is a mind apprehending the object of focus (Rigpa Translations)
  • Attention describes the process of the mind fixating upon the object concerned (Erik Pema Kunsang)

Alternative Translations

  • mental engagement (▷PKT, Berzin)