Matsaryacitta, Mātsaryacitta, Matsarya-citta: 1 definition


Matsaryacitta 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Matsaryachitta.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Matsaryacitta in Mahayana glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Mātsaryacitta (मात्सर्यचित्त) refers to “thoughts of avarice”, according to  the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 46.—Accordingly, “The Bodhisattva invites beings to practice generosity:—Poverty (dāridrya) is a great suffering but it is not out of poverty that one commits evil actions and falls into the bad destinies. It is by committing evil actions that one falls into the three bad destinies from which it is impossible to become free. Hearing this, beings give up thoughts of avarice (mātsaryacitta) and practice the perfection of generosity [...]”..

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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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