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kiriya {pi}

Pāḷi; √ kiriya
alt. sp.: IPA: kɪɾɪjə, Velthuis: kiriya, readable: kiriya, simple: kiriya
translation ~:
khmer: កិរិយ
thai: กิริย
sinhal.: කිරිය
burm.: ကိရိယ


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ATI Glossary

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Buddhist Dictionary

by late Ven. Nyanalokita Thera:

kiriya, or kriya-citta:1) 'functional consciousness' or 'kammically inoperative consciousness', is a name for such states of consciousness as are neither kammically wholesome (kusala), nor unwholesome (akusala), nor kamma-results (vipāka); that is, they function independently of kamma. Thus are also called all those worldly mental states in the Arahat which are accompanied by 2 or 3 noble roots (greedlessness, hatelessness, undeludedness), being in the Arahat kammically neutral and corresponding to the kammically wholesome states of a non-Arahat (see Table I 1-8 and 73-89), as well as the rootless mirth-producing (hasituppāda) mind-consciousness-element of the Arahat (Table I 72); further, that mind-element (mano-dhātu) which performs the function of advertence (āvajjana) to the sense object (Table I 70), and that mind-consciousness-element (manoviññāṇa-dhātu) which performs the functions of deciding (voṭṭhapana) and advertence to the mental object (Table I 71). The last-named 2 elements, of course, occur in all beings.

Together with kamma-resultant consciousness (vipāka) it belongs to the group of 'kammically neutral consciousness' (avyākata). See Table I (last column).


PTS Dictionary

by the Pali Text Society:


Glossary Thanissaro

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Illustrated Glossary of Pāli Terms

by Ven. Varado Maha Thera:

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Glossary various Teacher

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Appendix: (kiriyā, kriyā) citta is a term first used in the Abhidhamma Canon (e.g. Dhammasaṅgaṇi § 566-582). It has an important place in post-canonical Abhidhamma literature, e.g. Visuddhi Magga XIV.
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