Adhyatmabahirdhashunyata, Adhyātmabahirdhāśūnyatā, Adhyatmabahirdha-shunyata: 2 definitions


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The Sanskrit term Adhyātmabahirdhāśūnyatā can be transliterated into English as Adhyatmabahirdhasunyata or Adhyatmabahirdhashunyata, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Adhyātmabahirdhāśūnyatā (अध्यात्मबहिर्धाशून्यता) or simply Adhyātmabahirdhā refers to the “emptiness of internal and external dharmas”, representing one of the sixteen or eighteen emptinesses (śūnyatā), according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter XLVIII. Accordingly, “what is the emptiness of internal and external dharmas (adhyātmabahirdhāśūnyatā)? The six inner bases and the six outer bases of consciousness are called internal and external dharmas. And yet the internal dharmas are empty of external dharmas because they are neither eternal nor transitory. Why? Because such is their essence. The external dharmas are empty of internal dharmas. Why? Because such is their essence. That is called: emptiness of internal and external dharmas (adhyātmabahirdhā-śūnyatā)”.

Inner and outer emptiness (adhyātmabahirdhāśūnyatā).—Inner and outer dharmas (adhyātmabahirdhādharma) are empty of inner and outer dharmas (adhyātmabahirdhādharma). Inner and outer dharmas are the twelve internal and external bases of consciousness (dvādaśāyatana). In these twelve bases, there is no ‘me’ or ‘mine’ and there is no ‘inner and outer dharma’.

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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General definition (in Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Adhyātmabahirdhāśūnyatā (अध्यात्मबहिर्धाशून्यता) or simply adhyātmabahirdhā refers to “internal and external emptiness” one of the “twenty emptinesses” (śūnyatā) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 41). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (eg., adhyātmabahirdhā-śūnyatā). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

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