Indifferent, blind, uninterested in the true nature of reality. Bound to habitual patterns.
Limited to dualistic concepts, attachments, beliefs. Blindly staggering from past into future. Not seeing things in terms of the Four Noble Truths: the fact of suffering, the origin of suffering, the possibility of a cure for suffering and the process of cure itself.
Ignorance is the condition that sets this wheel into motion. Ignorance refers to a lack of wisdom, a clinging to habitual ways of perceiving the world. The development and consequences of these fundamentally mistaken notions are layed out step by step in the next 11 links.