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Dusts of the Mind
  • covetousness (hoshii)
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Covetousness is the standard gloss of hoshii ほしい, one of the eight forms of dust or wrongful uses of mind identified in the Tenrikyo tradition.

Covetousness is explicitly identified as a dust in verse 3:96 of the Ofudesaki. Further, depending on context, hoshii can also merely refer to a desire of God the Parent’s.[1]


There are various explanations of the dust of covetousness according to various compilations (toki-wake) written by Tenrikyo followers.

Masaichi Moroi

One of the earliest of these compilations may be Masaichi Moroi’s, which describes covetousness as follows:

The dust of “covetousness” includes desiring more than is appropriate or fair, desiring more than one deserves, and desiring things others have. All such desires, which arise in the absence of self-reflection or joyous acceptance of what is, are the dust of “covetousness.”[2]

See also

Osashizu 1895-10-07

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  1. For instance, refer to Ofudesaki 2:8, Ofudesaki 3:130, Ofudesaki 7:15, Ofudesaki 10:26–27, Ofudesaki 10:65, Ofudesaki 10:87, and Ofudesaki 12:155, Ofudesaki 14:85
  2. A Glossary of Tenrikyo Terms, p. 78. Original Japanese may be found in 諸井政一 Moroi Masaichi. 『正文遺韻抄』 Seibun iin sho, p. 170.