Mahakarunacitta, Mahākaruṇācitta, Maha-karuna-citta: 1 definition



Mahakarunacitta 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 Mahakarunachitta.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Mahakarunacitta in Mahayana glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Mahākaruṇācitta (महाकरुणाचित्त):—The bodhisattva who has cultivated well the mind of great compassion (mahākaruṇācitta) has sworn to save beings and his resolve is strong. So as not to suffer the scorn of the Buddhas and āryas, so as not to forget his obligations to beings, he does not abandon them. The man who has promised something to someone and who then does not give it is guilty of deception. For these reasons the bodhisattva does not abandon beings.

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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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