Samacitta, aka: Sama-citta; 6 Definition(s)
Samacitta means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. 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 Samachitta.
Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)
Samacitta (समचित्त) refers to a “mind of equanimity” or an “evenness of mind” according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XIV).—Accordingly, “all beings obtained the mind of equanimity (samacitta) by thinking of one another with the feelings one would feel for one’s mother (mātṛ), one’s father (pitṛ), one’s older brother (bhrātṛ), one’s younger brother (kanīya-bhrātṛ), one’s older sister (bhaginī), one’s younger sister (kamīya-bhaginī), one’s relatives (jñāti), or one’s spiritual friend (kalyāna-mitra).
This evenness (samatā) is not that of concentration; it is absence of hostility (avaira) and malice (avyāpāda) towards all beings. Thanks to this evenness, they consider one another with good feelings. Concerning this mind of evenness (samacitta), it is said in a sūtra: “What is samācitta? It is to consider one another with the feelings one would feel for one’s father or mother”.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.
Languages of India and abroad
samacitta : (adj.) possessed of equanimity. || samacittā (f.) equality in mind.Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary
Samacitta, possessed of equanimity A. I, 65; IV, 215; SnA 174 (°paṭipadā-sutta). (Page 682)Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.
samacitta (समचित्त).—a (S) Even-tempered or of equable disposition. 2 Of even or equal mind, i. e. indifferent.Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.
1) even-minded, equable, equanimous.
Samacitta is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms sama and citta (चित्त).Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
(-ttaḥ-ttā-ttaṃ) 1. Indifferent, unattached. 2. Equable, eventempered. E. sama, and citta the mind.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.
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Search found 4 books and stories containing Samacitta or Sama-citta. You can also click to the full overview containing English textual excerpts. Below are direct links for the most relevant articles:
The Life of Sariputta (by Nyanaponika Thera)
Anguttara Nikaya < [Part IV - Discourses Of Sariputta]
The Turner Of The Wheel < [Part II - Maturity Of Insight]
The Mahavamsa (by Wilhelm Geiger)
Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra (by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön)
Act 5.9: All beings obtained the mind of equanimity < [Chapter XIV - Emission of rays]
Section C - Third method: practicing the five dharmas < [Part 2 - Means of acquiring meditation]
4. Prajñā of the heretics < [Part 2 - Prajñā and the prajñās]
The Great Chronicle of Buddhas (by Ven. Mingun Sayadaw)
(5) Fifth Pāramī: The Perfection of Energy (vīriya-pāramī) < [Chapter 6 - On Pāramitā]
Sāriputta Mahāthera’s attainment of Parinibbāna < [Chapter 43 - Forty-one Arahat-Mahatheras and their Respective Etadagga titles]