Vikshiptacitta, Vikṣiptacitta, Vikshipta-citta: 3 definitions

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Vikshiptacitta 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.

The Sanskrit term Vikṣiptacitta can be transliterated into English as Viksiptacitta or Vikshiptacitta, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

Alternative spellings of this word include Vikshiptachitta.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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

Vikṣiptacitta (विक्षिप्तचित्त) refers to a “distracted mind” according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XXVIII).—“meditation (dhyāna) is the concentrating of the distracted mind (vikṣiptacitta-saṃgrahaṇa). Distractions whirl about more easily than the down-feathers of the wild goose (sārasaloman); if their flying off is not restrained, their speed is greater than that of a hurricane; they are harder to contain than a monkey (markaṭa); they appear and disappear more quickly than lightning (vidyut)”.

Source: academia.edu: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā

Vikṣiptacittā (विक्षिप्तचित्ता) refers to “distracted thoughts”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly, “Just as, son of good family, open space does not get burned at the time of the final conflagration and is not flooded in the destruction by water [at the end of an aeon], in such a way, the meditation of the Bodhisattva does not get burned by any affliction (sarvakleśa) and is not attached to the [four] meditations, [eight] liberations, concentrations, and attainments of meditation. [The meditation of Bodhisattva] establishes living beings with distracted thoughts (vikṣiptacittā) in the state of concentration. [...]”.

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Vikshiptacitta in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Vikṣiptacitta (विक्षिप्तचित्त):—[=vi-kṣipta-citta] [from vi-kṣipta > vi-kṣip] mfn. distraught in mind, [Madhusūdana]

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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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