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Appreciation (Skt. adhimokṣa; Tib. མོས་པ་, möpa, Wyl. mos pa) — 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 object-determining mental states.


In the Khenjuk, Mipham Rinpoche says:

  • Tib. མོས་པ་ནི་ངེས་པའི་དངོས་པོ་ལ་དེ་བཞིན་དུ་འཛིན་པ་མི་འཕྲོག་པའི་བྱེད་ལས་ཅན་ནོ།
  • Appreciation means apprehending a determined entity as it is. Its function is not to lose the object. (Rigpa Translations)
  • Interest means holding on to the certain form of a determined object. Its function is to not lose the object. (Erik Pema Kunsang)

Alternative Translations

  • interest (David Karma Choepel, Erik Pema Kunsang)
  • resolve (Gyurme Dorje)
  • adherence (Tony Duff)