Kamacchanda, Kama-chanda, Kāmacchanda, Kamachanda, Kāmachanda: 8 definitions


Kamacchanda means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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 Kamachchhanda.

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Dhamma Dana: Pali English Glossary

M/N (Desire for sensuous pleasures).

Source: Pali Kanon: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines

'sensuous desire', s. nīvarana, chanda.

Source: Dhamma Study: Cetasikas

sensuous desire; When we are attached to pleasant sights and sounds, to people or to particular places, there is the hindrance of sensuous desire. At the moment of attachment we do not realize that it obstructs the arising of kusala citta, but we should know that at such a moment there cannot be generosity or loving kindness.

One of the six Kamacchandas;

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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Kāmacchanda (कामच्छन्द, “envy”) according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XXVIII). Accordingly, “the person who is prey to envy (kāmacchanda) strays far from the Path. Why? Because envy is the basis for all sorts of worries and chaos. If the mind is attached to envy, there is no way to approach the Path”.

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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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Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: OSU Press: Cakrasamvara Samadhi

Kāmacchanda (कामच्छन्द) or “sensual desire” refers to one of the “five hindrances” (Pañcanivāraṇa), according to the Saṃvaramaṇḍala of Abhayākaragupta’s Niṣpannayogāvalī, p. 45 and n. 145; (Cf. Cakrasaṃvaratantra, Gray, David B., 2007).—Note: The kartika, "flaying knife", symbolizes cutting away the pañca-nivāraṇa, "The Five Hindrances": 1) kāmacchanda, "sensual desire", 2) vyāpāda, "evil intent", 3) styānamiddha, "laziness-lethargy", 4) auddhatyakaukṛitya, "restlessness-regret", 5) vicikitsā, "indecision".

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Kamacchanda in Pali glossary
Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

kāmacchanda : (m.) attachment to sensual pleasure.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Kāmachanda refers to: excitement of sensual pleasure, grouped as the first of the series of five obstacles (pañca nīvaraṇāni) D. I, 156, 246; III, 234, 278; A. I, 231; IV, 457; A. I, 134=Sn. 1106; S. I, 99; V, 64; Bdhd 72, 96, 130; Nd2 200, 420A. Also as the first in the series of ten fetters (saṃyojanāni) which are given above (p. 31) as synonyms of kāma. Enumerated under 1—10 at Nd2 200 as eight in order: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10 (omitting pipāsā and gedha) Vbh. 364; Dhs. 1114, 1153; Nd2 ad chandarāga and bhavachanda; in order: 2, 3, 5, 9, 6, 7, 10, 4 at A. II, 10;— as nine (like above, omitting gedha) at Vbh. 374; Dhs. 1097;— as five in order: 1, 5, 9, 6, 7, (cp. above passage A. II, 10) at M. I, 241;— as four in order: 1, 5, 9, 7 at S. IV, 188;— as six nīvaraṇas (5 + avijjā) at Dhs. 1170, 1486. See also D. I, 246; III, 234, 269; Ps. I, 103, 108; II, 22, 26, 44, 169; Vism. 141; Sdhp. 459;

Note: kāmachanda is a Pali compound consisting of the words kāma and chanda.

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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Sanskrit dictionary

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Kāmacchanda (कामच्छन्द).—m. (= Pali id.), desire for lusts, one of the 5 nīvaraṇa, q.v. (as in Pali): Mahāvyutpatti 2218.

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). 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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