External World: 1 definition



External World 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.

In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: archive.org: The Indian Buddhist Iconography

External World.—In the eye of a Vajrayānist the external world has much the same significance as it appears in Yogācāra. The Tantras characterize the external world with its movable and immovable objects like a pot, picture, carriage, house, stone-house, mountains and the rest as reduced by reason to mere appearances, in the same way as magic and dream are considered to be appearances. Therefore, the Vajrayānists hold that external objects have no greater reality than magic, mirage, shadow or dream, and their reality cannot be proved by reason.

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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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