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Sanskrit Noun


nature of reality

Basic Meaning

The true nature of phenomenal existence.

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Term Variations
Key Term dharmatā
Topic Variation dharmatā
Tibetan ཆོས་ཉིད་  ( chönyi)
Wylie Tibetan Transliteration chos nyid  ( chönyi)
Devanagari Sanskrit धर्मता
Chinese 法性
Chinese Pinyin fǎ xìng
Japanese Transliteration hosshō
Buddha-nature Site Standard English nature of reality
Karl Brunnhölzl's English Term nature of phenomena
Richard Barron's English Term nature of phenomena, true nature of phenomena
Jeffrey Hopkin's English Term reality, quality, noumenon, real nature, actuality, nature, final reality
Dan Martin's English Term real condition of existence
Gyurme Dorje's English Term actual reality
Ives Waldo's English Term the nature emptiness
Term Information
Source Language Sanskrit
Basic Meaning The true nature of phenomenal existence.
Related Terms Tathatā
Term Type Noun
Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism See page 252: In Sanskrit, “the nature of reality,” or “the nature of things,” interpreted in Chinese as the “dharma-nature”; the intrinsic nature (svabhāva) of dharmas, which is constant (nitya) and transcends all discriminative phenomena. Dharmatā is also sometimes used to mean “the way things are,” and is used interchangeably with other terms that have the connotation of “the real nature of things,” such as “suchness,” or “things as they are” (tathatā), dharma realm (dharmadhātu), emptiness (śūnyatā), the “real end” (bhūtakoṭi ), ultimate truth (paramārthasatya), etc., and is sometimes used in compound with those terms.
Tshig mdzod Chen mo 1) rang gshis sam rang bzhin/ ... lo rgyus kyi chos nyid/ ... 'bad rtsol la ma brten par rang 'dod 'bras bu chos nyid kyis 'thob mi yong/ ... 2) rang bzhin stong pa nyid/ ...