The subject says it all — is “delusion” or “moha” (as in “greed, hatred, and delusion” — in the 3 poisons) the same as “ignorance” or “avijja” (which is the final fetter to fall away, resulting in becoming an arahant)? According to wikipedia, Mahayana Buddhism posits a distinction between the two.
The reason I’m asking is that I was reading through the beginning of the Itivuttaka, and one thing that struck me was verse 1.3:
This was said by the Blessed One, said by the Arahant, so I have heard: “Abandon one quality, monks, and I guarantee you non-return. Which one quality? Abandon delusion as the one quality, and I guarantee you non-return.”
There are similar passages that are almost identical, but with delusion (“moha”) replaced with another thing, like contempt or conceit. Apparently abandoning moha is not necessarily enough to become an Arahant. This suggests moha is not the same as avijja, as avijja is the final fetter that falls away at Arahantship.
“Vivaṭṭacchado: Here, having been born into the world, he dwells having entirely removed the covering in the world (loke taṃ chadanaṃ vivaṭṭetvā), in the darkness of defilements covered by seven coverings (chadanehi): lust, hatred, delusion, conceit, views, ignorance, and misconduct.”
Any thoughts/relevant suttas?