Lokuttara Citta: 2 definitions
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Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)Source: Journey to Nibbana: Patthana Dhama
Part of Cittas
There are 8 lokuttara cittas. They are
- 4 magga cittas or path consciousness and
- 4 phala cittas or fruition consciousness.
4 phala cittas are vipaka cittas or resultant consciousness. They each arise as a resultant citta due to their correspondent magga citta.
While 4 phala cittas are called vipaka cittas or to be exact lokuttara vipaka cittas, their correspondent magga cittas are called kusala cittas or lokuttara kusala cittas.
When lokuttara cittas arise in parallel with jhanas, there will be 40 lokuttara cittas because each lokuttara citta can arise in one of five jhana. As there are 8 lokuttara cittas, then there will be 40 lokuttara jhana cittas.
- vitakka, vicara, piti, sukha, ekaggata sahitam pathamajjhana sotapatti magga citta
- vicara, piti, sukha, ekaggata sahitam dutiyajjhana sotapatti magga citta
- piti, sukha, ekaggata sahitam tatiyajjhana sotapatti magga citta
- sukha, ekaggata sahitam catutthajjhana sotapatti magga citta
- upekkha , ekaggata sahitam pancamajjhana sotapatti magga citta
- As sotapatti magga citta has 5 jhana cittas,
sotapatti phala citta also has 5 jhana cittas.
- Sakadagami magga citta has 5 jhana cittas, and
sakadagami phala citta has 5 jhana cittas.
- Anagami magga citta has 5 jhana cittas, and
anagami phala citta also has 5 jhana cittas.
- By the same token, arahatta magga citta, and
arahatta phala citta have 5 jhana cittas each.
Therefore, there are 40 lokuttara jhana cittas in total.
Lokuttara cittas are supramundane consciousness. Lokuttara is a Pali word made up of loka and uttara. Loka means worldly in connection with bhava. Lokuttara means greater than worldly things higher than worldly thing beyond worldly thing or supramundane.
These cittas are the highest cittas and they always excel other cittas because they deal with nibbana and they are associated with the highest panna or penetrative wisdom. They are anuttara cittas. That is no other citta excels them.Source: Buddhist Information: A Survey of Paramattha Dhammas
There are eight types of lokuttara cittas (supra mundane consciousness) which realize the lokuttara Dhamma which is nibbana.
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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Cetasikas (by Nina van Gorkom)
Appendix 5 - Appendix To Chapter 11 < [Appendix And Glossary]
Appendix 3 - Appendix To Chapter 8 < [Appendix And Glossary]
Chapter 35 - The Stages Of Insight < [Part IV - Beautiful Cetasikas]
Abhidhamma in Daily Life (by Nina Van Gorkom)
A Survey of Paramattha Dhammas (by Sujin Boriharnwanaket)
Chapter 17 - Cittas Of The Sense-sphere < [Part 2 - Citta]
Chapter 18 - Planes Of Existence < [Part 2 - Citta]
Appendix 2 - To Cetasika < [Appendix]
Conditions (by Nina van Gorkom)
Patthana Dhamma (by Htoo Naing)
Buddhist Outlook on Daily Life (by Nina van Gorkom)