Bodhicitta, aka: Bodhi-citta; 4 Definition(s)

Introduction

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In Buddhism

General definition (in Buddhism)

[Bodhicitta in Buddhism glossaries]
The mind of enlightenment. It is with this initiative that a Buddhist begins his path to complete, perfect enlightenment.(Source): Buddhist Door: Glossary

In Buddhism, bodhicitta (Jp:. bodaishin, Tibetan: jang chub sem) is the wish to attain complete enlightenment (that is, Buddhahood) in order to be of benefit to all sentient beings - beings trapped in cyclic existence (samsara) and have not yet reached Buddhahood. One who has bodhicitta as the primary motivation for all of his or her activities is called a bodhisattva.

(Source): WikiPedia: Buddhism

A Mahayana technical term meaning "thought of enlightenment". Bodhicatta is believed to be the prerequisite to actual entry onto bodhisattva path.

(Source): Buddhism Tourism: Glossary of Buddhist Terms

Bodhichitta Skt., lit., “awakened mind”; the mind of enlightenment, one of the central no­tions of Mahāyāna Buddhism. In the Tibetan tradition it is seen as having two aspects, rela­tive and absolute. The relative mind of enlight­enment is divided again into two phases

  1. the intention and wish, nurtured by limitless com­passion, to attain liberation (nirvāna) for the sake of the welfare of all beings and
  2. actual entry into meditation, the purpose of which is the acquisition of the appropriate means to ac­tualize this wish.

The absolute mind of enlightenment is viewed as the vision of the true nature of phenomena. The various methods for arousing the mind of enlightenment stem primarily from Atīsha and entered into all schools of Tibetan Bud­dhism through him.

(Source): Shambala Publications: General

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