Adhicitta: 4 definitions



Adhicitta means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

Alternative spellings of this word include Adhichitta.

In Buddhism

General definition (in Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Adhicitta in Buddhism glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Adhicitta (अधिचित्त) or Adhicittaśikṣā refers to “training in the higher mind” and represents one of the “three trainings” (śikṣā) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 140). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (e.g., adhicitta). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Adhicitta in Pali glossary
Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

adhicitta : (nt.) 1. higher thought; 2. concentration of mind.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Adhicitta, (nt.) (adhi + citta) “higher thought”, meditation, contemplation, usually in combn. with adhisīla and adhipaññā Vin.I, 70; D.III, 219; M.I, 451; A.I, 254, 256; Nd1 39 = Nd2 689 (°sikkhā); Dh.185 (= aṭṭha-samāpattisaṅkhāta adhika-citta DhA.III, 238). (Page 28)

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context information

Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Adhicitta in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Adhicitta (अधिचित्त).—nt. (Pali id.), superior mind, intellect; also adj., and °cittaṃ, °citte, adv., relating to intellect; see s.v. śikṣā.

context information

Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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