Anupalambhashunyata, aka: Anupalambhaśūnyatā, Anupalambha-shunyata; 1 Definition(s)

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The Sanskrit term Anupalambhaśūnyatā can be transliterated into English as Anupalambhasunyata or Anupalambhashunyata, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Anupalambhaśūnyatā (अनुपलम्भशून्यता) or simply Anupalambha refers to the “emptiness of non-perception”, representing one of the sixteen or eighteen emptinesses (śūnyatā), according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter XLVIII. Accordingly, “what is the emptiness of non-perception (anupalambhaśūnyatā)? It is that where neither the past nor the future nor the duration of the present are perceived. Non-perception is empty of non-perception because it is neither eternal nor transitory. Why? Because such is its essence. That is called: emptiness of non-perception (anupalambha-śūnyatā)”.

Emptiness of non-perception (anupalambhaśūnyatā).—Some say: In the aggregates (skandha), the elements (dhātu) and the bases of consciousness (āyatana), no self (ātman), no eternal dharma (nityadharma) is to be perceived: that is emptiness of non-perception (anupalambhaśūnyatā). Others say: If one looks for some dharma in causes and conditions (pratītya-samutpāda), it is never perceived, just as the fist (muṣṭi) is not perceived in the five fingers (aṅguli). Others say: All dharmas and their causes and conditions (hetupratyaya) are absolutely non-perceived (atyantānupalabdha): that is what emptiness of non-perception is (anupalambhaśūnyatā).

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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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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