Lokuttara Citta in Theravada Buddhist Philosophy


  • ธรรมศักดิ์ กาญจนบูรณ์ สาขาวิชาสังคมศึกษา มหาวิทยาลัยราชภัฏบ้านสมเด็จเจ้าพระยา


Supramundane consciousness, Theravada Buddhism


This article examines the supramundane consciousness (Lokuttara-Citta) and thought processes of noble people at the four stages of enlightenment, which involve different levels of ability to overcome defi lements (Kileasa). The supramundane consciousness (Lokuttara-Citta) of the four types of noble people and the functional consciousness (Mahakiriya-citta) of the Arahat are similar to that of laypeople in that they are subjected to a continuous cycle of coming-into-being and ceasing-to-be, and they are recipients of emotions. Thus, although the participation in such continuous cycle seems to apply universally to people regardless of their proximity to enlightenment, a notable difference is that noble people at the four stages of enlightenment possess tools to help them process perceived emotions. These tools include mindfulness and wisdom as a result of continuous practice, and enable noble people to handle not only demeritorious thoughts but also the increased external negative stimuli in today’s society.


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How to Cite

กาญจนบูรณ์ ธ. (2017). Lokuttara Citta in Theravada Buddhist Philosophy. Journal of Buddhist Studies Chulalongkorn University, 24(2), 37–54. Retrieved from https://so02.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/jbscu/article/view/156685



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