Cittacaitta, Citta-caitta: 1 definition



Cittacaitta 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Chittachaitta.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Cittacaitta (चित्तचैत्त) refers to the “mind and mental events” according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter XLIX. Accordingly, “the mind and mental events (cittacaitta), when they arise from retribution (vipākaja), arise from five causes [kāraṇahetu, sahabhūhetu, sabhāgahetu, saṃprayuktakahetu and vipākahetu]. Being non-defiled-indeterminate (anivṛtavyākṛta) and not being afflicted (akliṣṭa), they exclude the universal cause (sarvatragahetu)”.

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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