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cetana and sankappa

Postby Sumano » Wed Feb 24, 2010 3:41 pm

Why are cetana and sankappa both translated as "intention"? Are they the same thing in meaning, or are they the same just in name?
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Re: cetana and sankappa

Postby David N. Snyder » Wed Feb 24, 2010 5:18 pm

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?

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Re: cetana and sankappa

Postby Dmytro » Sat May 15, 2010 8:43 am

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

sometimes translated as 'thought':
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... ml#iti-110

and 'cetana' is rather an 'act of will'.
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html

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Re: cetana and sankappa

Postby Sumano » Sat May 15, 2010 9:33 am

Thank you!
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Re: cetana and sankappa

Postby PeterB » Sat May 15, 2010 9:36 am

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..?

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Re: cetana and sankappa

Postby Kumara » Sat Nov 29, 2014 3:20 am

For me, cetana is a mental impulse, and sankappa is mental orientation or attitude.
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