Bodhicitta, aka: Bodhi-citta; 5 Definition(s)
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Alternative spellings of this word include Bodhichitta.
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
Languages of India and abroad
Bodhicitta (बोधिचित्त).—nt., thought of enlightenment, the mental attitude which aspires to Buddhahood or Bodhisattvahood; Mvy 2351; LV 8.18; 34.17; and passim; esp. Gv 494.1, where begins a passage glorifying it, cited with abbrevia- tions Śikṣ 5.20 ff.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary
Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. 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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Search found 15 books and stories containing Bodhicitta, Bodhi-citta; (plurals include: Bodhicittas, cittas). You can also click to the full overview containing English textual excerpts. Below are direct links for the most relevant articles:
The Great Chariot (by Longchenpa)
3c) Afterwards, as for the short teaching of exertion in the two bodhicittas < [Part 3 - The liturgy of receiving]
A. Meditating on the root of all dharmas, the two bodhicittas < [Chapter VIII - Bodhicitta, the Mind Focused on Complete Enlightenment]
2a) The general explanation of arising and entering < [Part 2 - The essence]
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]
A Golden Ring (by Dr. Yutang Lin)
The Vimalakīrti Sutra (by John R. McRae)
Chapter IV - Bodhisattvas < [Fascicle One]
Chapter I - Buddha Land < [Fascicle One]