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cetana and sankappa

Posted: Wed Feb 24, 2010 3:41 pm
by Stephen18
Why are cetana and sankappa both translated as "intention"? Are they the same thing in meaning, or are they the same just in name?

Re: cetana and sankappa

Posted: Wed Feb 24, 2010 5:18 pm
by DNS
Stefan wrote:Why are cetana and sankappa both translated as "intention"? Are they the same thing in meaning, or are they the same just in name?
According to Maha Thera Nyanatiloka. Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines, Buddhist Publication Society, first edition 1952:
Cetanā: 'intention', will, is one of the seven mental properties cetasika inseparably bound up with all consciousness, namely sensorial or mental contact phassa feeling vedanā perception saññā intention cetanā, concentration samādhi vitality jīvita directing manasikāra Cf. Tab. II, III.

Sankappa: 'thought', is a synonym of vitakka For Right Thought.
Perhaps sankappa is directed more toward intention in regard to thought?

Re: cetana and sankappa

Posted: Sat May 15, 2010 8:43 am
by Assaji
Hi Stefan,
Stefan wrote:Why are cetana and sankappa both translated as "intention"? Are they the same thing in meaning, or are they the same just in name?
They are quite different.

'Sankappa' is rather 'resolve' -

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/dham ... index.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

sometimes translated as 'thought':
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... ml#iti-110" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

and 'cetana' is rather an 'act of will'.
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Metta, Dmytro

Re: cetana and sankappa

Posted: Sat May 15, 2010 9:33 am
by Stephen18
Thank you!

Re: cetana and sankappa

Posted: Sat May 15, 2010 9:36 am
by PeterB
I am unclear what the difference would be between "resove" and "an act of will"..unless an act of will is literally a single willed act, and resolve is a settled intention..?

Re: cetana and sankappa

Posted: Sat May 15, 2010 11:41 am
by dennis60
I found this really good source for your question/answer but can not copy and paste it.... so you will have to go to the web site to read it....
http://books.google.com/books?id=GLPGFo ... &q&f=false

Re: cetana and sankappa

Posted: Sat Nov 29, 2014 3:20 am
by Kumara
For me, cetana is a mental impulse, and sankappa is mental orientation or attitude.