Vimutti, aka: Ceto Vimutti; 4 Definition(s)


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Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Release; freedom from the fabrications and conventions of the mind. The suttas distinguish between two kinds of release. Discernment release (panna vimutti) describes the mind of the arahant, which is free of the asavas. Awareness release (ceto vimutti) is used to describe either the mundane suppression of the kilesas during the practice of jhana and the four brahma viharas [see AN 6.13], or the supramundane state of concentration in the asava free mind of the arahant.Source: Access to Insight: A Glossary of Pali and Buddhist Terms

'deliverance of mind'. In the highest sense it signifies the fruition of Arahatship (s. ariya-puggala), and in particular, the concentration associated with it. It is often linked with the 'deliverance through wisdom' (paññā-vimutti, q.v.), e.g. in the ten powers of a Perfect One (s. dasa-bala). See vimokkha I.

It is also called 'unshakable deliverance of mind' (akuppa-c.); further 'boundless d. of m'. (appamāna-c.); 'd. of m. from the conditions of existence, or signless d. of m.' (animittā-c.); 'd. of m. from the appendages' (ākincañña-c.), since that state of mind is free from the 3 bonds, conditions and appendants, i.e. from greed, hatred and ignorance; and since it is void thereof, it is called the 'void deliverance of mind' (suññatā-c.)

In a more restricted sense, 'boundless deliverance of mind' is a name for the 4 boundless states, i.e. loving-kindness, compassion, altruistic joy and equanimity (s. brahma-vihāra); 'd. of m. from the appendages' stands for the 'sphere of nothingness' (ākiñcaññāyatana s. jhāna 7); 'd. of mind from the conditions of existence', for d. of mind due to non-attention to all conditions of existence; 'void d. of m' for d. of m. due to contemplating voidness of self. For further details, s. M. 43.

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'deliverance', is of 2 kinds:

  • deliverance of mind (ceto-vimutti, q.v.)

  • deliverance through wisdom (paññā-vimutti, q.v.).

'Deliverance of mind', in the highest sense, is that kind of concentration (samādhi) which is bound up with the path of Arahatship (arahatta-magga); 'deliverance through wisdom' is the knowledge (ñāna) bound up with the fruition of Arahatship (arahatta-phala). Cf. A. V, 142.

There are also 5 kinds of deliverance, identical with the 5 kinds of overcoming (pahāna, q.v.).

Source: Pali Kanon: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines
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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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vimutti : (f.) release; deliverance; emancipation.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Vimutti, (f.) (fr. vimuccati) release, deliverance, emancipation D. I, 174; III, 288; S. V, 206 sq. (abhijānāti), 222 (ariya°), 266, 356; A. II, 247, III, 165 (yathābhūtaṃ pajānāti), 242, Sn. 54, 73, 725 sq.; J. I, 77, 78, 80; Ps. I, 22; II, 143 sq.; Nd1 21; Pug. 27, 54 sq.; Vbh. 86, 272 sq. 392 (micchā°) Nett 29; Vism. 410; Sdhp. 614.—ceto° (& paññā°) emancipation of heart (and reason) D. I, 156; III, 78, 108, 247 sq. 273; S. I, 120; II, 214; IV, 119 sq.; V, 118 sq. 289 sq.; A. I, 123 sq. 220 sq.; 243; II, 36, 87, 214; III, 20, 131, 400; IV, 83, 314 sq.; V, 10 sq.; Vbh. 344; Nett 40, 43, 81 sq. 127.—sammā° right or true emancipation A. II, 222 sq.; V, 327; Ps. I, 107; II, 173.—See also arahatta, upekkhā, khandha II. A, dassana, phala, mettā.

—rasa the essence of emancipation A. I, 36; IV, 203; PvA. 287. —sāra substance or essence of emancipation A. II, 141, 243; IV, 385. (Page 632)

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