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Five Turbidities

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Five Turbidities (Five Corruptions, Five Defilements, Five Depravities, Five Filths, Five Impurities)
1. the defilement of views, when incorrect, perverse thoughts and ideas are predominant
2. the defilement of passions, when all kinds of transgressions are exalted
3. the defilement of the human condition, when people are usually dissatisfied and unhappy
4. the defilement of the life-span, when the human life-span as a whole decreases
5. the defilement of the world-age, when war and natural disasters are rife.

These conditions, viewed from a Buddhist angle, however, can constitute aids to Enlightenment, as they may spur practitioners to more earnest cultivation.

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