Samudānītagotra

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Key Term samudānītagotra
Hover Popup Choices unfolding disposition; acquired potential; paripuṣṭhagotra
In Tibetan Script རྒྱས་འགྱུར་གྱི་རིགས་
Wylie Tibetan Transliteration rgyas 'gyur gyi rigs
Devanagari Sanskrit Script समुदानीतगोत्र
Romanized Sanskrit samudānītagotra
Tibetan Phonetic Rendering gye gyur kyi rik
Chinese Script 習所成種性
Chinese Pinyin xí suǒ chéng zhǒng xìng
Japanese Transliteration shūshushō
English Standard 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
Alternate Spellings paripuṣṭhagotra
Term Type Noun
Source Language Sanskrit
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.
Related Terms prakṛtisthagotra
Definitions
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).


A potential or disposition that is acquired, accentuated, or developed through past karmic actions.

A potential or disposition that is acquired, accentuated, or developed through past karmic actions.

A potential or disposition that is acquired, accentuated, or developed through past karmic actions.

Disposition, lineage, or class; an individual's gotra determines the type of enlightenment one is destined to attain.

Disposition, lineage, or class; an individual's gotra determines the type of enlightenment one is destined to attain.

Along with Madhyamaka, it was one of the two major philosophical schools of Mahāyāna Buddhism. Founded by Asaṅga and Vasubandhu in the C. 4th Century, many of its central tenets have roots in the Saṃdhinirmocanasūtra and the so-called Third Turning of the Dharma-Wheel (See tridharmacakrapravartana).