Nirmanacitta, Nirmāṇacitta, Nirmana-citta: 1 definition


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Alternative spellings of this word include Nirmanachitta.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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

Nirmāṇacitta (निर्माणचित्त, “creation minds”).—The fourteen minds of metamorphosis (nirmāṇacitta) are, according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 11:

(1–2) In the first dhyāna, two minds, (viz. that of kāmadhātu and that of the first dhyāna);
(3–5) In the second dhyāna, three minds, (viz., that of kāmadhātu, that of the first dhyāna and that of the second dhyāna);
(6–9) In the third dhyāna, four minds, (viz., that of kāmadhātu and those of the first, second and third dhyānas);
(10–14) In the fourth dhyāna, five minds, (viz., that of kāmadhātu and those of the first, second, third and fourth dhyānas).

When a person possesses a dhyāna, he also possesses the creation minds (nirmāṇacitta) of the lower levels. In the first dhyāna he thus possesses two nirmānacittas, that of the first dhyāna and also that of kāmadhātu; in the second dhyāna, three; in the third, four; in the fourth, five nirmāṇacittas.

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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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