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n. (context psychology English) Emptiness, in terms of a meditative state; an Eastern concept of a high meditative state of calm and freedom from distraction.


Śūnyatā (Sanskrit; Pali: suññatā), translated into English as emptiness and voidness, is a Buddhist concept which has multiple meanings depending on its doctrinal context. In Theravada Buddhism, suññatā often refers to the not-self (Pāli: anattā, Sanskrit: anātman) nature of the five aggregates of experience and the six sense spheres. Suññatā is also often used to refer to a meditative state or experience. In Mahayana, Sunyata refers to the precept that "all things are empty of intrinsic existence and nature". In Tibetan Buddhism, Sunyata refers to "openness and understanding nonexistence".

Śūnyatā is a key term in Mahāyāna Buddhism, and also influenced some schools of Hindu philosophy.

Sunyata (Robert Rich album)

Sunyata (1982) is the debut album by the American ambient musician Robert Rich. The title refers to śūnyatā, the Buddhist concept that all things in the material world are empty of meaning and independence.

Sunyata (VAS album)

Sunyata is the debut album by Vas.

Sunyata (disambiguation)

Śūnyatā is an element in Buddhist philosophy.

Sunyata may also refer to:

  • Sunyata (Robert Rich album), a debut album by Robert Rich
  • Sunyata (VAS album), a debut album by Vas
  • Alfred Sorensen (1890 – 1984) also known as Sunyata, Danish mystic, horticulturalist and writer

Usage examples of "sunyata".

For them, there is endless death and rebirth, only broken for a very few by nirvana, which is nothing, and sunyata, which is what it is if it is.

The Madhyamika Karikas [one of Nagarjuna's major works] are a sustained attempt to evolve the Sunyata [Emptiness] doctrine out of a criticism of the realistic and dogmatic interpretations of early Buddhism.

Their Absolutes partake of the form of the Madhyamika Sunyata in being transcendent to thought and being accessible only to non-empirical Intuition [prajna, jnana].