Manodhatu, Manodhātu, Mano-dhatu: 4 definitions



Manodhatu 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 Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines

'mind-element', is one of the 18 elements (s. dhātu II).

This term, unlike manāyatana, does not apply to the whole of consciousness, but designates only that special element of consciousness which first, at the beginning of the process of sense-perception, performs the function of advertence (āvajjana; Tab. I, 70) to the sense-object and, then after twice having become conscious of it performs the function of reception (sampaticchana; Tab I- 39,.55) into mind-consciousness. See viññāna-kicca.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

[«previous (M) next»] — Manodhatu in Pali glossary
Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

manodhātu : (f.) the ideational faculty.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Manodhātu refers to: element of apprehension, the ideational faculty (cp. Dhs. trsl. 129, 2p. 119, 120; and p. 2lxxxv sq.) Dhs. 457 sq.; Vbh. 14, 71, 87 sq. , 144, 302; Vism. 488; VbhA. 80, 81, 239 (physiological foundation), 405; DhsA. 263, 425; KhA 53.

Note: manodhātu is a Pali compound consisting of the words mano and dhātu.

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Manodhātu refers to: (element of) representative intellection, mind cognition, the 6th of the viññāṇadhātus or series of cognitional elements corresponding to and based on the 12 simple dhātus, which are the external & internal sense-relations (=āyatanāni) Dhs. 58; Vbh. 14, 71, 87, 89, 144, 176 and passim. See also above II. 3 and discussions at Dhs. trsl. 132 (2p. 122) & introd. p. 53 sq.; Cpd. 1232, 184.

Note: manodhātu is a Pali compound consisting of the words mano and dhātu.

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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

[«previous (M) next»] — Manodhatu in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Manodhātu (मनोधातु):—[=mano-dhātu] [from mano > man] m. the sphere of the mind or intellect (with, [Buddhist literature] one of the 18 elementary spheres), [Dharmasaṃgraha 25.]

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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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