Mahakiriya Citta: 1 definition


Mahakiriya Citta 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.

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Journey to Nibbana: Patthana Dhama

Part of sobhana Cittas.

By the same token as Mahavipaka cittas, to differentiate kamavacara cittas from rupakiriya and arupakiriya, kamavacara cittas are called mahakiriya cittas.

They share the same Cittas as Mahakusala Cittas (click to see them)

When arahats do offering water or flowers to The Buddha, all their offering cittas will be mahakiriya cittas. Sometimes elder Thera or monks urge younger monk who is an arahat to offer things to The Buddha. At that time sasankarika mahakiriya citta will arise. Sometimes, wisdom does not follow and at that time, there will be nana vippayutta mahakiriya cittas.

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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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