Manasikara, Manasikāra: 10 definitions



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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Dhamma Dana: Pali English Glossary

N Fact to examine an object by means of the mind, in a penetrative manner. Appropriate consideration (of a situation), enabling the developement of healthy actions (kusalass).

Source: Journey to Nibbana: Patthana Dhama

One of the Sabbacittasadharana cetasikas. Manasikara is attention. It makes citta and other co arising cetasikas to attend at the object concerned. It acts like a steerer and it directs citta and other cetasikas to the right object. Manasikara always arises with each arising citta.

Source: Dhamma Study: Cetasikas


Manasikara is One of the Seven Universals.

Source: Pali Kanon: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines

s. manasikāra.

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'attention', 'mental advertence', 'reflection'.

1. As a psychological term, attention belongs to the formation-group (sankhāra-kkhandha; s. Tab. II) and is one of the 7 mental factors (cetasika) that are inseparably associated with all states of consciousness (s. cetanā). In M. 9, it is given as one of the factors representative of mind (nāma) It is the mind's first 'confrontation with an object' and 'binds the associated mental factors to the object.' It is, therefore, the prominent factor in two specific classes of consciousness: i.e. 'advertence (āvajjana, q.v.) at the five sense-doors' (Tab. I, 70) and at the mind-door (Tab. I, 71). These two states of consciousness, breaking through the subconscious life-continuum (bhavanga), form the first stage in the perceptual process (citta-vīthi; s. viññāna-kicca). See Vis.M. XIV, 152.

2. In a more general sense, the term appears frequently in the Suttas as yoniso-manasikāra, 'wise (or reasoned, methodical) attention' or 'wise reflection'. It is said, in M. 2, to counteract the cankers (āsava, q.v.); it is a condition for the arising of right view (s. M. 43), of Stream-entry (s. sotāpattiyanga), and of the factors of enlightenment (s. S. XLVI, 2.49,51). - 'Unwise attention' (ayoniso-manasikāra) leads to the arising of the cankers (s. M. 2) and of the five hindrances (s. S. XLVI, 2.51).

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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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General definition (in Buddhism)

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Source: WikiPedia: Buddhism

Manasikāra (Pāli), derived from manasi (locative of mana thus, loosely, "in mind" or "in thought") and karoti ("to make" or "to bring into") and has been translated as "attention" or "pondering" or "fixed thought".

Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

manasikāra : (m.) ideation; consideration.

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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

Manasikāra (मनसिकार).—m. (= Pali id.; to prec.; also manasī-, manas-kāra, qq.v.), fixing in mind, mental concentration, (especially intense) attention, thought, notice; especially with yoniśaḥ or ayoniśaḥ, qq.v. for examples; nāpi nirgamana-°ram utpādayanti Saddharmapuṇḍarīka 72.15, nor do they put their minds on going out (lit. produce putting of the mind on…); na duḥkha- manasikāra saṃjñām utpādayanti Saddharmapuṇḍarīka 78.5; asmṛtya-°kāra- tāyai Lalitavistara 34.15, to the keeping in mind of what is not memorable; dharma-°kāreṇa Lalitavistara 179.8; tathāgatagaurava- manasi° Lalitavistara 370.1; manasikārāmanasikāratvāt Lalitavistara 422.13, because it cannot be reflected upon by mental reflection; uddeśa-yoga-°kārān (°kāra-viśeṣān) (ud)gṛhya Divyāvadāna 18.12, 17; tato 'sya bhagavatā °kāro dattaḥ Avadāna-śataka i.284.12, then the Lord gave him (the power of) mental concentration, and similarly 348.1; ii.68.10 (not any ‘task’ as Speyer renders; Feer also wrongly); nānya-°kāraḥ Rāṣṭrapālaparipṛcchā 56.17, [bahuvrīhi], having no other thought in mind; evaṃrūpaiḥ saṃjñā-°kāraiḥ Daśabhūmikasūtra 56.27; other, miscellaneous cases, Saddharmapuṇḍarīka 103.11; Mahāvastu ii.278.7; Mahāvyutpatti 1926; Lalitavistara 180.21; Divyāvadāna 180.21; 236.20; 240.1; 407.3; Suvarṇabhāsottamasūtra 7.3; Gaṇḍavyūha 177.3; 241.24.

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Manasīkāra (मनसीकार).—(to prec.) = manasi°: Kāśyapa Parivarta 71.8 (prose), see s.v. yoniśaḥ.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Manasikāra (मनसिकार):—[=manasi-kāra] [from manasi > man] m. taking to heart, [Lalita-vistara]

[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Böhtlingk and Roth Grosses Petersburger Wörterbuch

Manasikāra (मनसिकार):—(nom. act. von manasi kar) m. Beherzigung [Loiseleur Deslongchamps] zu [Amarakoṣa 1, 1, 4, 11.] [BURNOUF] in [Lot. de Lassen’s Anthologie b. l. 413.]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Sanskrit-Wörterbuch in kürzerer Fassung

Manasikāra (मनसिकार):—m. Beherzigung , attentio animi [Lalitavistarapurāṇa 218,2.6.]

context information

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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