Maitricittamaniskara, aka: Maitrīcittamaniskāra, Maitri-citta-maniskara; 1 Definition(s)


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Alternative spellings of this word include Maitrichittamaniskara.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Maitricittamaniskara in Mahayana glossary... « previous · [M] · next »

Maitrīcittamaniskāra (मैत्रीचित्तमनिस्कार) refers to “meditation on loving-kindness”, which is a good remedy in the sickness of hatred (dveṣavyādhi); it is not good, not a remedy, in the sickness of attachment (rāgavyādhi). Why? Loving-kindness (maitrīcitta) consists of seeking reasons for love for others and contemplating their qualities (guṇa). If a person full of attachment seeks the reasons for love and contemplates the qualities [of the person whom he loves], he increases his attachment (rāga).

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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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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