Manovijnana, aka: Manas-vijnana, Manovijñāna; 2 Definition(s)

Introduction

Manovijnana 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

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[Manovijnana in Mahayana glossaries]

Manovijñāna (मनोविज्ञान) refers to “mental consciousness” according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter XXXI. Accordingly, the mental consciousness (manovijñāna) is an inner mind, and the [first] five consciousnesses (pañcavijñāna) are outer minds. The dharmas that are the object (ālambana) of the mental consciousness (manovijñāna) are inner dharmas, for it has been said by the Buddha: “The mental consciousness arises in dependence on the object”. Here, except for feeling (vedanā), the other mental dharmas are inner dharmas, whereas the other formations dissociated from the mind and the unconditioned dharmas are outer dharmas.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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context information

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)

[Manovijnana in Buddhism glossaries]

Manovijñāna (मनोविज्ञान, “mind-consciousness”) or manovijñānadhātu refers to one of the “eighteen elements” (dhātu) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 25). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (eg., manas-vijñāna). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

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