In Buddhism, a mental fetter, chain or bond (Pāli: samyojana, saŋyojana, saññojana) shackles a sentient being to saṃsāra, the cycle of lives with dukkha. By cutting through all fetters, one attains nibbāna (Pali; Skt.: nirvāṇa).

In Buddhism, a mental fetter, chain or bond (Pāli: samyojana, saŋyojana, saññojana) shackles a sentient being to saṃsāra, the cycle of lives with dukkha. By cutting through all fetters, one attains nibbāna (Pali; Skt.: nirvāṇa).

Sutta Pitaka's list of ten fetters:

The Pali canon's Sutta Pitaka identifies ten "fetters of becoming":

  1. belief in a self (Pali: sakkāya-diṭṭhi)

  2. doubt or uncertainty, especially about the teachings (vicikicchā)

  3. attachment to rites and rituals (sīlabbata-parāmāsa)

  4. sensual desire (kāmacchando)

  5. ill will (vyāpādo or byāpādo)

  6. lust for material existence, lust for material rebirth (rūparāgo)

  7. lust for immaterial existence, lust for rebirth in a formless realm (arūparāgo)

  8. conceit (māna)

  9. restlessness (uddhacca)

  10. ignorance (avijjā)

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