Sarvadharmashunyata, Sarvadharmaśūnyatā, Sarvadharma-shunyata: 2 definitions



Sarvadharmashunyata 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 Sarvadharmaśūnyatā can be transliterated into English as Sarvadharmasunyata or Sarvadharmashunyata, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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

Sarvadharmaśūnyatā (सर्वधर्मशून्यता) or simply Sarvadharma refers to the “emptiness of all dharmas”, representing one of the sixteen or eighteen emptinesses (śūnyatā), according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter XLVIII. Accordingly, “what is the emptiness of all dharmas (sarvadharmaśūnyatā)? All dharmas is form, sensation, concept, formations and consciousness; eye, ear, nose, tongue, body and mind; color, sound, smell, taste, contact and dharmas; eye consciousness, ear consciousness, nose consciousness, tongue consciousness, body consciousness and mental consciousness; eye contact, ear contact, nose contact, tongue contact, body contact and mind contact; sensation due to eye contact, sensation due to ear contact, sensation due to nose contact, sensation due to tongue contact, sensation due to body contact, sensation due to mind contact; form dharmas and formless dharmas; conditioned dharmas and unconditioned dharmas: those are called ‘all dharmas’. Now all dharmas are empty of all dharmas because they are neither eternal nor transitory. Why? Because such is their essence. That is called: emptiness of all dharmas (sarvadharma-śūnyatā)”.

Emptiness of all dharmas (sarvadharmaśūnyatā).—By ‘all dharmas’ we mean the five aggregates (skandha), the twelve bases of consciousness (āyatana) and the eighteen elements (dhātu).

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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»] — Sarvadharmashunyata in Buddhism glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Sarvadharmaśūnyatā (सर्वधर्मशून्यता) or simply sarvadharma refers to “emptiness of all things” 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., sarvadharma-śūnyatā). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

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