This glossary contains an alphabetical list of Buddhist terms that you may find on this website. Many of the terms now include phoneticized Sanskrit (Skt) as well as two forms of Tibetan—the phonetic version (Tib), which is a guide to pronunciation, and transliteration using the Wylie method (Wyl). Search for the term you want by entering it in the search box or browse through the listing by clicking on the letters below.

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Cittamatra (Skt)

sem tsam pa (Tib); sems tsam pa (Wyl)

Literally, the "mind-only" school of Mahayana philosophy. Roughly synonymous with Yogachara and Vijnanavada, Cittamatra defines the crucial concept of emptiness in terms of either an object's lack of difference from the subject perceiving it, or dependent phenomena's lack of the imaginary nature imputed to them. Tibetan tradition identifies two major types of Cittamatrins: those following scripture (e.g. Asanga) and those following reasoning (e.g. Dharmakirti). (See The Crystal Mirror of Philosophical Systems, p. 499.)