Bhavashunya, Bhāvaśūnya, Bhava-shunya: 8 definitions


Bhavashunya means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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 Bhāvaśūnya can be transliterated into English as Bhavasunya or Bhavashunya, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Yoga (school of philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Bhavashunya in Yoga glossary
Source: ORA: Amanaska (king of all yogas): A Critical Edition and Annotated Translation by Jason Birch

Bhāvaśūnya (भावशून्य) refers to the “emptiness of (all) states”, according to the Amanaska Yoga treatise dealing with meditation, absorption, yogic powers and liberation.—Accordingly, as Īśvara says to Vāmadeva: “[...] [The Yogin] who has [attained] the natural [no-mind state] is instantly motionless as a result of having realized the emptiness of all states (bhāvaśūnya), resides in his own self, his hands, feet and sense organs are all inactive and relaxed, and he is free of disturbances. Because he is one in whom breathing has radically ceased, he is seen by those standing close [to be] like an inanimate piece of wood and like the [steady flame of] a lamp situated in a windless [place]. [...]”.

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Yoga is originally considered a branch of Hindu philosophy (astika), but both ancient and modern Yoga combine the physical, mental and spiritual. Yoga teaches various physical techniques also known as āsanas (postures), used for various purposes (eg., meditation, contemplation, relaxation).

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In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: OSU Press: Cakrasamvara Samadhi

Bhavaśūnya (भवशून्य) refers to the “emptiness of becoming”, according to the Guru Mandala Worship (maṇḍalārcana) ritual often performed in combination with the Cakrasaṃvara Samādhi, which refers to the primary pūjā and sādhanā practice of Newah Mahāyāna-Vajrayāna Buddhists in Nepal.—Accordingly, “The letter Hūṃ is the most divine, the letter Hūṃ is a vessel of success, Hūṃ is also the emptiness of becoming (bhavaśūnya), make Hūṃ, homage be to you”.

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Bhavashunya in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Bhāvaśūnya (भावशून्य).—a. devoid of real love; उपचारविधिर्मनस्विनीनां न तु पूर्वाभ्यधिकोऽपि भावशून्यः (upacāravidhirmanasvinīnāṃ na tu pūrvābhyadhiko'pi bhāvaśūnyaḥ) M.3.3.

Bhāvaśūnya is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms bhāva and śūnya (शून्य).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Bhāvaśūnya (भावशून्य).—[adjective] void of affection.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Bhāvaśūnya (भावशून्य):—[=bhāva-śūnya] [from bhāva] mfn. void of affection or attachment, [Mālavikāgnimitra]

[Sanskrit to German]

Bhavashunya in German

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Bhavashunya in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Bhāvaśūnya (ಭಾವಶೂನ್ಯ):—[adjective] not having, showing or moved by emotion or the emotions; apathetic.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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