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(Skt., thought of awakening).

A key term in Mahāyāna Buddhism denoting the state of mind of a Boddhisattva. Two aspects are recognized: the relative aspect (see saṃvṛti-satya), or the mind (citta) of a Bodhisattva directed towards enlightenment (bodhi); and the absolute aspect (see paramārtha-satya) or the mind whose intrinsic nature is enlightenment. The former relative aspect is also said to be twofold: the bodhicitta of aspiration (praṇidhāna), when one announces one's intention to pursue the Bodhisattva Path, and the bodhicitta of application, by which one engages in the path.

Subjects: Religion.

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