December 20, 2011


longs spyod

One would wonder about the etymology of the word longs spyod as a verb and as noun. If I am not mistaken, we do find expressions (perhaps in Rong-zom-pa’s writings) such as longs la spyod. Such an expression seems to suggest that both longs and spyod are imperative forms of the verb len (“take”) and spyod (“enjoy or indulge/engage in”). So longs spyod would thus literally mean “the act of taking and enjoying” (as a verb) or “the objects that one takes and enjoys” (as a noun).

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