Atyantashunyata, Atyantaśūnyatā, Atyanta-shunyata: 2 definitions


Atyantashunyata means something in Buddhism, Pali. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

The Sanskrit term Atyantaśūnyatā can be transliterated into English as Atyantasunyata or Atyantashunyata, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Atyantashunyata in Mahayana glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Atyantaśūnyatā (अत्यन्तशून्यता) or simply Atyanta refers to “absolute emptiness”, representing one of the sixteen or eighteen emptinesses (śūnyatā), according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter XLVIII. Accordingly, “what is absolute emptiness (atyantaśūnyatā)? That which has no limit is absolute. The absolute is empty of the absolute because it is neither eternal, nor transitory. Why? Because such is its essence. That is called: absolute emptiness (atyanta-śūnyatā)”.

Absolute emptiness (atyantaśūnyatā).—The emptiness of the conditioned (saṃskṛtaśūnyatā) and the emptiness of the unconditioned (asaṃskṛtaśūnyatā) destroy all the dharmas to the point where there is nothing left over (niravaśeṣa): that is absolute emptiness.

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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)

[«previous next»] — Atyantashunyata in Buddhism glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Atyantaśūnyatā (अत्यन्तशून्यता) or simply atyanta refers to “endless 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 (e.g., atyanta-śūnyatā). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

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