Vinnanadhatu, Vinnana-dhatu, Viññāṇadhātu: 3 definitions



Vinnanadhatu 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

General definition (in Buddhism)

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Source: WikiPedia: Buddhism

Consciousness element (viññāṇa-dhātu): Described as "pure and bright" (parisuddhaṃ pariyodātaṃ), used to cognise the three feelings (vedana) of

  1. pleasure,
  2. pain and neither-pleasure-nor-pain,
  3. and the arising and passing of the sense contact (phassa) upon which these feelings are dependent.

Also see: Mahābhūta;

Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

viññāṇadhātu : (f.) mind-element.

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

Viññāṇadhātu refers to: mind-element, which is the 6th dhātu after the 4 great elements (the mahābhūtāni) and ākāsa-dhātu as fifth (this explained as “asamphuṭṭha-dhātu” at VbhA. 55, whereas v. -dhātu as “vijānana-dhātu”) D. III, 247; Vbh. 85, 87; VbhA. 55; cp. A. I, 176; M. III, 31, 62, 240; S. II, 248.

Note: viññāṇadhātu is a Pali compound consisting of the words viññāṇa and dhātu.

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context information

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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