Samskritashunyata, Saṃskṛtaśūnyatā, Samskrita-shunyata: 2 definitions

Introduction

Samskritashunyata 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 Saṃskṛtaśūnyatā can be transliterated into English as Samskrtasunyata or Samskritashunyata, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous (S) next»] — Samskritashunyata in Mahayana glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Saṃskṛtaśūnyatā (संस्कृतशून्यता) or simply Saṃskṛta refers to the “emptiness of the conditioned”, representing one of the sixteen or eighteen emptinesses (śūnyatā), according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter XLVIII. Accordingly, “what is the emptiness of the conditioned (saṃskṛtaśūnyatā)? The conditioned is the world of desire, the world of form and the formless world. And yet the world of desire is empty of the world of desire, the world of form is empty of the world of form, the formless world is empty of the formless world because they are neither eternal nor transitory. Why? Because such is their essence. That is called: emptiness of the conditioned (saṃskṛta-śūnyatā)”.

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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 (S) next»] — Samskritashunyata in Buddhism glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Saṃskṛtaśūnyatā (संस्कृतशून्यता) or simply saṃskṛta refers to “emptiness of the conditioned” 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., saṃskṛta-śūnyatā). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

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