Samcintya, Saṃcintya, Sañcintya, Sancintya: 8 definitions


Samcintya means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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 Samchintya.

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Samcintya in Shaktism glossary
Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Saṃcintya (संचिन्त्य) means to “contemplate”, according to the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—Accordingly, “Above [Śiva] is the tranquil (energy called) Śivā. [...] If he desires liberation, the one who possesses (this) glory should abide on that plane. [...] Then comes liberation in the venerable Śrīkrama. Beyond that is the Transmental. He should contemplate [i.e., saṃcintya] pure consciousness (cinmātra) in this way until the mind becomes nothing at all. After that if he contemplates the supreme state of power (śakti), even just a little, he spontaneously realises the Self and, himself the conscious perceiver (cetṛ), discerns (all things)”.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions

Saṃcintya (संचिन्त्य) refers to “(having) visualized”, according to verse 4.497ff of the Brahmayāmala-tantra (or Picumata), an early 7th century Śaiva text consisting of twelve-thousand verses.—Accordingly, “[...] A series of nine lotuses is visualized [i.e., saṃcintya] situated at points in the body called granthis (knots or joints). These are located at the crown of the head (śikhā), the forehead (lalāṭa), throat (kaṇṭha), navel (nābhi), knees (jānu), mouth (vaktra), heart (hṛd), genitals (guhya), and feet (pāda), following the order of their sequence in nyāsa. [...]”.

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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

Saṃcintya (संचिन्त्य) refers to “(in accordance with one’s) intention” [?], according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly, “[...] Then again, the Bodhisattva, the great being Gaganagañja uttered these verses to that Bodhisattva, the great being Guṇarājaprabhāsa: ‘(27) [...] The one who is established in the emptiness, the absence of distinguishing marks, and the absence of wishful thinking, reveals death and birth in accordance with his intention (saṃcintya), but who is beyond birth, abiding, and death, I ask [the Lord] about the behaviour of men for the sake of them. [...]’”.

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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

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Samcintya in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Saṃcintya (संचिन्त्य).—ger. of saṃ-cintayati (in same meaning Pali saṃcicca), used as adv., intentionally, purposely: Mahāvyutpatti 6470 = Tibetan bsams pa zhiṅ; °tya vayaṃ bhikṣuṇībhir viheṭhitā Divyāvadāna 494.9; °tya bhavopapattiṃ gṛhṇāti Bodhisattvabhūmi 414.7; yā …bhikṣuṇī manuṣyaṃ…°tya jīvitād vyaparopayec …Bhikṣuṇī-karmavācanā 25b.2 (Pali parallel, Vin. iii.73.10).

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

Sañcintya (सञ्चिन्त्य).—Ind. Having considered, reflected, thoughtful. E. sam, citi to think, lyap aff.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Saṃcintya (संचिन्त्य).—[adjective] to be thought of or considered.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Saṃcintya (संचिन्त्य):—[=saṃ-cintya] [from saṃ-cint] 1. saṃ-cintya ind. intentionally, [Divyāvadāna]

2) [v.s. ...] 2. saṃ-cintya mfn. to be thought over or considered, [Yājñavalkya; Mahābhārata]

3) [v.s. ...] to be regarded as (vat ifc.), [Rāmāyaṇa] (cf. duḥ-saṃc).

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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 (even English!). 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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