Manaskara, Manaskāra: 10 definitions


Manaskara means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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 Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

[«previous next»] — Manaskara in Kavya glossary
Source: Naisadhacarita of Sriharsa

Manaskāra (मनस्कार) refers to “mental concentration”, and is mentioned in the Naiṣadha-carita 4.84.—Nārāyaṇa remarks [...]. The word means here “resolution”, “will”. Cf. Yaśastilaka; Jātakamālā; Yādavābhyudaya 10.9.

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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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Ayurveda (science of life)

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Source: Ayurveda glossary of terms

Manaskara (मनस्कर):—Conducive to mind

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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Manaskara in Mahayana glossary
Source: WikiPedia: Mahayana Buddhism

Manaskāra (मनस्कार) refers to the “modes of mental engagement” connected with śamatha (“access concentration”), according to Kamalaśīla and the Śrāvakabhūmi section of the Yogācārabhūmi-śāstra.

Four modes of mental engagement (manaskāra, Tibetan: yid-la byed-pa) are said to be possible:

  1. forcible engagement (balavāhana, sgrim-ste ’jug-pa),
  2. interrupted engagement (sacchidravāhana, chad-cing ’jug-pa),
  3. uninterrupted engagement (niśchidravāhana, med-par ’jug-pa),
  4. spontaneous engagement (anābhogavāhana, lhun-grub-tu ’jug-pa).
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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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General definition (in Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Manaskara in Buddhism glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Manaskāra (मनस्कार) refers to “application of mind” and represents one of the fourty “conditions” (saṃskāra) that are “associated with mind” (citta-samprayukta) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 30). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (e.g., manaskāra). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Manaskara in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Manaskāra (मनस्कार).—m. (= manasi-, manasī-kāra), con- centration of mind, mental application or activity: Saddharmapuṇḍarīka 320.3 (prose); cittāśaya-°kārair Daśabhūmikasūtra 30.28 ff.; cintā-°kārā abhūvan Lalitavistara 26.2 (prose), [bahuvrīhi], came to have concentration on the thought (which follows), and so, cintā-°kāra-prayuk- tānām 26.4; asan-°kāra Jātakamālā 192.12, evil mental activity; others, see s.vv. yoniśaḥ, ayoniśaḥ.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Manaskāra (मनस्कार).—m.

(-raḥ) The attention of the mind to its own sensations, consciousness of pleasure or pain. E. manas of the mind and kāra operation; the compound also occurs with the seventh case manasikāra .

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Manaskāra (मनस्कार):—[mana-skāra] (raḥ) 1. m. The attention of the mind to its own sensations. or operations; consciousness.

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Manaskara in German

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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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Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Manaskara in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Manaskāra (ಮನಸ್ಕಾರ):—

1) [noun] attention of the mind.

2) [noun] the act of wishing; felt or expressed desire for something.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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