Video: Meaning of Chitta – The Heart-Mind

Lama Shenpen explains the Buddhist concept of Chitta in this short video made earlier this year.

In Buddhism, the chitta, the heart-mind is one, but in the West there is a gulf between the two. We have to really work at connecting them together to understand the full meaning of chitta and Bodhichitta.

Lama Shenpen explains how important this is, because if chitta is translated as ‘mind’ it might give the impression that Buddhism is not about feelings or ‘matters of the heart’, and can attract people only looking for a philosophy to follow. If it is only translated as ‘heart’ then we might assume it has nothing to do with the mind and only concerns our feelings and emotions. Yet the term chitta compasses all this and more!