Bodhicitta, aka: Bodhi-citta; 4 Definition(s)
Bodhicitta means something in Buddhism, Pali. 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.
General definition (in Buddhism)(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
- the intention and wish, nurtured by limitless compassion, to attain liberation (nirvāna) for the sake of the welfare of all beings and
- 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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Search found 15 books and stories containing Bodhicitta or Bodhi-citta. You can also click to the full overview containing English textual excerpts. Below are direct links for the most relevant articles:
Bodhisattvacharyavatara (by Andreas Kretschmar)
Text Section 244 < [Khenpo Chöga’s Oral Explanations]
Text Sections 288-290 / Stanza 30 < [Khenpo Chöga’s Oral Explanations]
Text Section 261-262 < [Khenpo Chöga’s Oral Explanations]
The Great Chariot (by Longchenpa)
Part 9 - The teaching of the stages by which beings should practice this < [B. the extensive explanation of arousing bodhicitta]
2g) How a newly born joy is produced in these < [Part 2 - The essence]
2a) The general explanation of arising and entering < [Part 2 - The essence]
A Golden Ring (by Dr. Yutang Lin)
The Vimalakīrti Sutra (by Vimalakirti)
Chapter IV - Bodhisattvas < [Fascicle One]
Chapter I - Buddha Land < [Fascicle One]