Entry from US English dictionary
The doctrine that phenomena are devoid of an immutable or determinate intrinsic nature. Compare with tathata.
- In the buddhadharma, the true nature of things is shunyata, Sanskrit for ‘emptiness.’
- That could be very desolate or it could be very inspiring, in terms of shunyata, the Buddhist understanding of emptiness.
- The truth of a phenomenon is called shunyata, emptiness, which implies that the phenomenon does not possess a truly existent essence or nature.
From Sanskrit śūnyatā 'emptiness'.
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