Paribhavacitta, Paribhava-citta: 1 definition


Paribhavacitta 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 Paribhavachitta.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Paribhavacitta in Mahayana glossary
Source: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā

Paribhavacitta (परिभवचित्त) refers to a “contemptuous attitude”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly: “After eighty-four thousand years, son of good family, the king Puṇyālaṃkāra proceeded to the place where the Tathāgata Vimalaprabhānantaraśmirāja stayed, and saw his two sons who became monks. Having thus seen, he produced a contemptuous attitude (paribhavacitta) about them, thinking: ‘While I have served the Tathāgata through all sorts of offerings for eighty four thousand years, what have they done?’ [...]”.

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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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