Sattvalambana, Sattvālambana, Sattva-alambana: 1 definition


Sattvalambana 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)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Sattvālambana (सत्त्वालम्बन) refers to “that [loving-kindness] which has beings as object” and represents of the three types of Maitrī (“loving-kindness”), according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 32.—Accordingly, “the mind of loving-kindness (maitrī-citta) of which we have just spoken is that which has beings as object (sattvālambana). It is found mainly among worldly people practicing the trances or in adepts on the path of practice (śaikṣa) who have not yet destroyed the impurities”.

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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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