A potential or disposition that is acquired, accentuated, or developed through past karmic actions.
Has the Sense of
Fluidity, in that it is a potential that is developed through personal habits of study, practice, and exposure to a particular vehicle of Buddhism.
|Tibetan||རྒྱས་འགྱུར་གྱི་རིགས་ ( gye gyur kyi rik)|
|Wylie Tibetan Transliteration||rgyas 'gyur gyi rigs ( gye gyur kyi rik)|
|Chinese Pinyin||xí suǒ chéng zhǒng xìng|
|Buddha-nature Site Standard English||acquired potential|
|Karl Brunnhölzl's English Term||unfolding disposition|
|Richard Barron's English Term||evolved aspect of spiritual affinity|
|Jeffrey Hopkin's English Term||developmental lineage|
|Ives Waldo's English Term||the affinity to be developed|
|Basic Meaning||A potential or disposition that is acquired, accentuated, or developed through past karmic actions.|
|Has the Sense of||Fluidity, in that it is a potential that is developed through personal habits of study, practice, and exposure to a particular vehicle of Buddhism.|
|Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism||In the Yogācāra school, a distinction is made between the indestructible, inherent “naturally endowed lineage” (prakṛtisthagotra) and this changeable, continuously acquired “lineage conditioned by habits” (samudānītagotra). In contrast to the former, which predetermines a person’s orientation toward the two vehicles of either Mahāyāna or Hinayāna, the latter allows for some leeway for personal adaptations and change through doctrinal study, practice, and exposure (these are what are meant by “habits”). According to this controversial Yogācāra tenet, whereas a person cannot effect change in terms of his highest spiritual potential and vehicular predisposition because of his “naturally endowed lineage,” he can nevertheless influence the speed with which he is able to attain enlightenment, and other extrinsic variations within his predetermined “lineage.” This flexibility is the lineage that is conditioned, and can be altered, by “habits.” Together and in contrast with the “naturally endowed lineage,” they are known as “the two lineages: intrinsic and acquired” (xingxi er [zhong] xing).|