ālayavijñāna

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Glossaryālayavijñāna

Sanskrit Noun

ālayavijñāna

ground consciousness
आलयविज्ञान
ཀུན་གཞིའི་རྣམ་ཤེས་
藏識

Basic Meaning

A neutral base consciousness that is posited as the storehouse for the seeds of past karmic actions in which they remain in a latent state until the circumstances arise for them to ripen as karmic consequences.

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Term Variations
Key Term ālayavijñāna
Topic Variation ālayavijñāna
Tibetan ཀུན་གཞིའི་རྣམ་ཤེས་  ( kunshi namshe)
Wylie Tibetan Transliteration kun gzhi'i rnam shes  ( kunshi namshe)
Devanagari Sanskrit आलयविज्ञान
Romanized Sanskrit ālayavijñāna
Chinese 藏識
Chinese Pinyin ā lài yé shí
Japanese Transliteration arayashiki
Buddha-nature Site Standard English ground consciousness
Karl Brunnhölzl's English Term ālaya-consciousness
Richard Barron's English Term consciousness as the basis/ ground of all (ordinary) experience
Jeffrey Hopkin's English Term storehouse-consciousness
Gyurme Dorje's English Term substratum consciousness
Ives Waldo's English Term all-ground consciousness
Alternate Spellings kun gzhi'i rnam par shes pa
Term Information
Source Language Sanskrit
Basic Meaning A neutral base consciousness that is posited as the storehouse for the seeds of past karmic actions in which they remain in a latent state until the circumstances arise for them to ripen as karmic consequences.
Term Type Noun
Definitions
Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism In Sanskrit, “storehouse consciousness” or “foundational consciousness”; the eighth of the eight types of consciousness (vijñāna) posited in the Yogācāra school. All forms of Buddhist thought must be able to uphold (1) the principle of the cause and effect of actions (karman), the structure of saṃsāra, and the process of liberation (vimokṣa) from it, while also upholding (2) the fundamental doctrines of impermanence (anitya) and the lack of a perduring self (anātman). The most famous and comprehensive solution to the range of problems created by these apparently contradictory elements is the ālayavijñāna, often translated as the “storehouse consciousness.” This doctrinal concept derives in India from the Yogācāra school, especially from Asaṅga and Vasubandhu and their commentators... (p. 31)
Tshig mdzod Chen mo rnam shes tshogs brgyad kyi nang gses/ ma bsgribs lung ma bstan pa'i gtso bo'i rnam shes gang zhig bag chags kyi bgo gzhir gyur pa rnam smin dang sa bon thams cad kyi rten du gyur cing don gyi ngo bo rig pa