Samacitta, Sama-citta: 6 definitions


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.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

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”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

samacitta : (adj.) possessed of equanimity. || samacittā (f.) equality in mind.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Samacitta, possessed of equanimity A. I, 65; IV, 215; SnA 174 (°paṭipadā-sutta). (Page 682)

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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.

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Marathi-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

samacitta (समचित्त).—a (S) Even-tempered or of equable disposition. 2 Of even or equal mind, i. e. indifferent.

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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.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Samacitta (समचित्त).—a.

1) even-minded, equable, equanimous.

2) indifferent.

Samacitta is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms sama and citta (चित्त).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Samacitta (समचित्त).—mfn.

(-ttaḥ-ttā-ttaṃ) 1. Indifferent, unattached. 2. Equable, eventempered. E. sama, and citta the mind.

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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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