Samudānītagotra

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Key Term samudānītagotra
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 lineage conditioned by habits
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
Term Type Noun
Source Language Sanskrit
Basic Meaning A disposition that is acquired, or accentuated, 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).