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See also covet
  1. brnab sems/ 

    Biblical: greed, covetousness: brnab sems kyi rigs thams cad las bag zon byos shig be on your guard against all kinds of greed (Lk. 12:15).

    Buddhist: The desire to have someone else's wealth; greed, envy, or covetousness; one of the ten non-virtues (AMD & KTM): brnab sems zer ba ni/,,gzhan gyi ca lag mthong dus de nga la byung na snyam pa lta bu'i sems gzhan gyi yo byad la chags pa'i cha gcig la zer/  covetousness signifies the portion of the mind which longs for another's possessions with the thought "would it were mine" at the time of seeing another's possessions (TRC 245), yid kyi mi dge ba gsum ni/,,brnab sems/,,gnod sems/,,log lta bcas red/  the three non-virtues of mind are covetousness, the wish to injure, and wrong view (TRC 242).

    Proverbs: gzhan gyi nor la brnab sems spang /,,rang gi nor la gron chung gyis/  abandon greed for others' wealth by spend little on yourself (KTM).

  2. sred pa/ 

    Biblical: to desire strongly, be greedy for, or crave: rkun ma dang /,,sred ldan dang /,,ra ros/  thieves or the greedy or drunkards (1 Cor. 6:10), nor lha bsten pa'i 'dod sred can/  one who is greedy for money (Eph. 5:5).

    Buddhist: see covet.

  3. ser sna/ 

    Biblical: greed, desire for money: ser sna can dang chom po/  greedy people and swindlers (1 Cor. 5:10 SV), log g.yem dang mi tshangs par spyod pa dang /,,ser sna can/  immoral, impure or greedy people (Eph. 5:5 SV), 'dod pa ngan pa dang /,,ser sna/  evil desires and greed (Col. 3:5 SV).

    Buddhist: miserliness (KBT 22) or stinginess, ser sna dang phangs sems sogs gang yang med par/  without any stinginess or parsimony (TRC 346).

  4. ham pa/ 

    Biblical: greediness, covetousness: mi tshangs par spyod dam/,,ham pa can yin/  one who is sexually immoral or greedy (1 Cor. 5:11 SV), rkun ma dang /,,ham pa can dang /,,chang 'dod can/  thieves or the greedy or drunkards (1 Cor. 6:10 SV).

    Buddhist: see covet.