The Concept of Bodhicitta in Mahāyāna Sūtras

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Gayleg Tenzin
Anon Ānando


This paper is a contribution to the study of the interpretation of the concept of
Bodhicitta. This concept is a technical term of frequent occurrence in Buddhist Sanskrit
literature. Within the Mahayana Buddhist tradition, Bodhicitta is closely related to the spiritual
practices of the Buddhist aspirant to enlightenment. The form of this study is as follows:
first, the meaning of cittta in Therevada and Mahayana sutras, and the actual meaning if
Bodhicitta. Secondly, the meaning of Bodhicitta depicted in Mahāyāna Sūtras. Lastly, the
Metaphors and Similes on Bodhicitta in the Mahāyāna Sūtras, and the types of Bodhicitta.
Such studies and practice could bring one to the realization that what is described by it is
indeed the only possible reality. This means that Bodhicitta is the means to as well as the
description of the goal to attain.


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Tenzin, G., & Ānando, A. (2019). The Concept of Bodhicitta in Mahāyāna Sūtras. The Journal of International Association of Buddhist Universities (JIABU), 12(1), 55-66. Retrieved from
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