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Citta


Citta, Sanskrit "that which can be seen or belonging to the consciousness, (See Cit) in Hinduism is the reflective and thus the conscious mind; whereas, in Buddhism it is the equivalent to manas, reflective mind, and vijnana, continuing consciousness. It is possessed by all beings above plant life. The nature of citta received particular analysis and emphasis in the Vijhanavada (also known as the Yogacara)-so much so that the school became known as Cittamatra: Mind only. In Abhidamma the analysis differentiates 121 types of citta, each of which may be combined with anyone of the fifty-two cetasikas, the accompanying qualities of experience, thus producing an enormous variety of mental events. A.G.H.



Source:

Bowker, John, The Oxford Dictionary of World Religions, New York, Oxford University Press, 1997, p. 225

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