Atyantashunyata, aka: Atyantaśūnyatā, Atyanta-shunyata; 2 Definition(s)

Introduction

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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)

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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.

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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General definition (in Buddhism)

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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 (eg., atyanta-śūnyatā). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

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