Tathata, aka: Tathatā, Tathātā; 4 Definition(s)
Tathata 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.
Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)
'Suchness', designates the firmly fixed nature (bhāva) of all things whatever.
The only passage in the Canon where the word occurs in this sense, is found in Kath. 186 (s. Guide, p. 83).
On the Mahāyana term tathatā, s. Suzuki, Awakening of Faith, p. 53f. (App.).(Source): Pali Kanon: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines
Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).
Languages of India and abroad
tathatā : (f.) reality; such likeness.(Source): BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary
Tathatā, (f.) (abstr. fr. tathā›tatha) state of being such, such-likeness, similarity, correspondence Vism. 518. (Page 296)(Source): Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.
1) Such a state, being so.
2) True state or nature, truth.
3) The case being admitted to be as stated.
See also (synonyms): tathātva.(Source): DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. 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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The Indian Buddhist Iconography (by Benoytosh Bhattachacharyya)