Paracittajnana, aka: Paracittajñāna, Paracitta-jnana; 2 Definition(s)
Paracittajnana 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 Parachittajnana.
Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)
1) Paracittajñāna (परचित्तज्ञान) refers to “knowledge of others’ minds” and represents one of the five superknowledges (pañcābhijñā) according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter X. It is knowing if another’s mind (paracitta) is stained (samala) or stainless (vimala). The practitioner first considers his own mind in its arising (utpāda), its duration (sthiti) and its destruction (bhaṅga). By ceaselessly reflecting on it he succeeds in discerning in others the signs (nimitta) of joy (muditā), of hatred (dveṣa) and of fear (bhaya, viṣāda). Having seen these signs, then he knows the mind. This is the first gate of the knowledge of others’ minds.
2) Paracittajñāna (परचित्तज्ञान) refers to the “knowledge of another’s mind” and represents one of the eleven “eleven knowledges” (jñāna), according to chapter 38. Accordingly, “the knowledge of another’s mind (paracittajñāna) cognizes: a. the mind (citta) and mental events relating to the desire realm and the form realm presently belonging to others, b. also a small part of their pure minds and mental events”.
3) Paracittajñāna (परचित्तज्ञान) or Cetaḥparyāyajñāna refers to the “knowledge of another’s mind” and represents one of the six “superknowledges” (abhijñā), according to chapter XLIII.—Accordingly, “the Bodhisattva-Mahāsattva who wishes to become established in the six superknowledges [viz., Paracittajñāna] should practice the perfection of wisdom (prajñāpāramitā)”.Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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.
General definition (in Buddhism)
Paracittajñāna (परचित्तज्ञान) refers to “knowledge of others’ minds” and represents one of the “five deep knowledges” (pañcābhijñā) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 20). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (eg., pañca-abhijñāu and paracittajñāna). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha
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