svabhāva

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Glossarysvabhāva

Sanskrit Noun

svabhāva

intrinsic nature
स्वभाव
རང་བཞིན་
自性

Basic Meaning

The nature or essence of a thing, which originates only from itself and is not dependent on any external entities, causes or conditions.

Has the Sense of

An innate attribute that establishes the completely independent existence of an entity, which is typically refuted in the Madhyamaka notion of emptiness.

Term Variations
Key Term svabhāva
Topic Variation svabhāva
Tibetan རང་བཞིན་  ( rangzhin)
Wylie Tibetan Transliteration rang bzhin  ( rangzhin)
Devanagari Sanskrit स्वभाव
Romanized Sanskrit svabhāva
Chinese 自性
Chinese Pinyin zìxìng
Buddha-nature Site Standard English intrinsic nature
Karl Brunnhölzl's English Term nature
Richard Barron's English Term nature of being, inherent nature, natural state, naturalness
Jeffrey Hopkin's English Term inherent nature
Dan Martin's English Term own-ness
Gyurme Dorje's English Term essential nature, natural expression, nature
Ives Waldo's English Term intrinsic nature
Term Information
Source Language Sanskrit
Basic Meaning The nature or essence of a thing, which originates only from itself and is not dependent on any external entities, causes or conditions.
Has the Sense of An innate attribute that establishes the completely independent existence of an entity, which is typically refuted in the Madhyamaka notion of emptiness.
Term Type Noun
Definitions
Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism See page 879: In Sanskrit, “self-nature,” “intrinsic existence,” or “inherent existence,” the term has a general sense of “essence” or “nature,” but is used in philosophical literature.
Rangjung Yeshe Dictionary An inherently existent and independent entity of the individual self or of phenomena. Something that can serve as a valid basis for individual attributes.
Other Definitions Richard Barron: the very nature of things