neyārtha

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Glossaryneyārtha

Sanskrit Noun

neyārtha

provisional meaning
नेयार्थ
དྲང་དོན་

Basic Meaning

Refers to something that is taught for a specific reason, rather than because it is entirely true.

Has the Sense of

Something that is taught as a means to an end.

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Term Variations
Key Term neyārtha
Topic Variation neyārtha
Tibetan དྲང་དོན་
Wylie Tibetan Transliteration drang don
Devanagari Sanskrit नेयार्थ
Romanized Sanskrit neyārtha
Buddha-nature Site Standard English provisional meaning
Karl Brunnhölzl's English Term expedient meaning
Richard Barron's English Term conditional meaning, provisional meaning
Jeffrey Hopkin's English Term interpretable meaning, requiring interpretation
Dan Martin's English Term directed meaning
Gyurme Dorje's English Term provisional meaning
Ives Waldo's English Term expedient meaning
Term Information
Source Language Sanskrit
Basic Meaning Refers to something that is taught for a specific reason, rather than because it is entirely true.
Has the Sense of Something that is taught as a means to an end.
Related Terms nītārtha
Term Type Noun
Definitions
TshigmdzodChenmo gdul bya thun mong ba rnams kha drang ba'i phyir du 'jig rten snang tshod du grags pa gtsor byas pa/ gang zag dang sems can dang/ phung khams skye mched la sogs pa dang/ de dag gi skye 'gag 'gro 'ong la sogs pa smra bsam brjod pa'i rim pas gzhal zhing sgro btags nas bstan pa dang/ de rjod byed kyi gsung rab dgongs 'grel dang bcas pa'o/
Other Definitions "While Tibetan thinkers generally characterize definitive teachings as those that explicitly teach ultimate truth, which is the ultimate purport of the Buddha's teachings, and provisional teachings as those teachings that do not explain ultimate truth clearly and that require further interpretation in order to ascertain the ultimate purport of the Buddha's intent, they disagree on which of the Buddha's teachings are definitive or provisional." - Wangchuk, Tsering. The Uttaratantra in the Land of Snows (2017), page 3.
Further Reading Material Lipman Kennard. "Nītārtha, Neyārtha, and Tathāgatagarbha in Tibet." Journal of Indian Philosophy 8, no. 1 (1980): 87-95.