Samadhindriya, Samādhīndriya, Samadhi-indriya, Samādhindriya: 4 definitions

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Samadhindriya 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.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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

Samādhīndriya (समाधीन्द्रिय) refers to the “faculty of concentration” and represents one of the five faculties (pañcendriya) forming part of the thirty-seven auxiliaries to enlightenment (bodhipākṣika), according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter XXXI.—Accordingly, “he always concentrates his mind on Bodhi: this is called the ‘faculty of concentration’ (samādhīndriya)”.

Also, “when he meditates attentively (ekacittena) and without being distracted (avikṣepa), that is the faculty of concentration (samādhīndriya)”.

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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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Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: OSU Press: Cakrasamvara Samadhi

Samādhīndriya (समाधीन्द्रिय) or “faculty of concentration” is associated with Drumacchā and Vajradehaka, according to the Cakrasaṃvara-maṇḍala or Saṃvaramaṇḍala of Abhayākaragupta’s Niṣpannayogāvalī, p. 45 and n. 145; (Cf. Cakrasaṃvaratantra, Gray, David B., 2007).—The Cakrasaṃvara mandala has a total of sixty-two deities. [...] Three concentric circles going outward, the body, speech and mind wheels (kāya-vāka-citta), in the order: mind (blue), speech (red), and body (white), with eight Ḍākinīs each in non-dual union with their Ḍākas, "male consorts".

Associated elements of Drumacchā and Vajradehaka:

Circle: kāyacakra (mind-wheel) (blue);
Ḍākinī (female consort): Drumacchā;
Ḍāka (male consort): Vajradehaka;
Bīja: māṃ;
Body-part: arms;
Pīṭha: Mālava;
Bodily constituent: hṛdaya (heart);
Bodhipakṣa (wings of enlightenment): samādhīndriya (faculty of concentration).

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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General definition (in Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Samadhindriya in Buddhism glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Samādhīndriya (समाधीन्द्रिय) or simply Samādhi refers to the “faculty of concentration” and represents one of the “five faculties” (pañcendriya) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 47), itself forming part of the “thirty-seven things on the side of awakening” (bodhipākṣika-dharma). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (e.g., samādhi-indriya). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Samadhindriya in Pali glossary
Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Samādhindriya refers to: the faculty of concentration A. II, 149; Dhs. 15.

Note: samādhindriya is a Pali compound consisting of the words samādhi and indriya.

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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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