Alayavijnana, Ālayavijñāna, Alaya-vijnana: 5 definitions
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General definition (in Buddhism)Source: Google Books: Foundations of Indian Psychology
Ālayavijñāna (आलयविज्ञान) refers to the “all-ground consciousness” which is part of an eight-fold collection of personality in Buddhist Psychology.—The all-ground consciousness (ālayavijñāna) is the limited sphere of experience of a person that arises as a distorted view of the void sphere of reality (dharmadhātu) through dependent imputation. Ālayavijñāna forms the foundation for embodied cognition and defines the basic structure of all experiences. The vāsana and karmic tendencies (karmabīja) lead to a biased perspective and structuring, and thus provide a context for all experiences in this eight-fold collection.
Ālayavijñāna is also regarded as the store house of vāsanas and karmic tendencies (vāsanāparibhāvita and sarvabījaka). However, it is neither the permanent identity of a person nor a form of collective unconscious. Continuous build-up and discharge of karmic tendencies cause the ever-changing nature of ālaya-vijñāna. Though ālayavijñāna always provides the context to all experiences, a person in ordinary states of awareness does not become conscious of the subtle and direct experience of ālaya-vijñāna because the gross nature of functional consciousnesses dominates in such states.Source: WikiPedia: Buddhism
Ālayavijñāna (आलयविज्ञान) or Abhūtaparikalpa means “imagining the object to exist as independent of consciousness”. It is the basic concept in the Yogacara/Vijnanavada school which concept is identified as paratantrasvabhāva (dependent nature), the second of the three natures postulated by this school. [...] The concept of Ālayavijñāna or Abhūtaparikalpa arose, as a subliminal perception of the world, in response to the Abhidharmic developments of earlier Buddhist doctrines. It arose by means of twofold ever-present subtle objective support: (a) by the perception of inner appropriation and (b) by the outward perception of the receptacle world whose aspects are not clearly delineated.
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Sanskrit dictionarySource: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary
Ālayavijñāna (आलयविज्ञान).—(see ālaya, 1) connaissance-réceptacle (E. Lamotte, L'Ālayavijñāna [Le Réceptacle] dans le Mahāyāna-saṃgraha, Mél. chin. et boud., vol. 3, Brussels, 1935, 169 ff.), or basic, fundamental, underlying vijñāna: Mahāvyutpatti 2017, where ālaya = kun gzhi, ultimate basis, iden- tified sometimes with citta (Lévi, Asaṅga (Mahāyāna-sūtrālaṃkāra) i.18, n.2 in Transl.), and opp. to manas. Frequent in Laṅkāvatāra-sūtra; notably 2.13 (samudrataraṅgān avaloky) ālaya-vijñānodadhipravṛt- tivijñānapavanaviṣaye preritāṃs…cittāny avalokya, looking on the waves of the sea, stirred in the range (viṣaye) of the wind of the active vijñāna and the ocean of the basal vij., and looking on the minds (of the people there; ālaya-vi° is the ocean, pravṛtti-vi° the wind which stirs it; see under ālaya 1).
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Starts with: Alayavinnanam.
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