tathatā

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Glossarytathatā

Sanskrit Noun

tathatā

suchness
तथता
དེ་བཞིན་ཉིད་

Basic Meaning

Suchness itself, absolute reality, or thusness, as in the ultimate state of being of phenomena.

Has the Sense of

A synonym for emptiness or the nature of things, dharmatā; it can also be used to describe the unity of dependent origination and emptiness. (Source: Erik Pema Kunsang, Lamp of Mahamudra, 1989.)

Read It in the Scriptures

Since the perfect buddhakaya radiates,

Since suchness is undifferentiable, And because of the disposition,

All beings always possess the buddha heart. Ratnagotravibhāga, Verse I.28
 
~ When the Clouds Part, Brunnhölzl, 356-357.
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Term Variations
Key Term tathatā
Topic Variation tathatā
Tibetan དེ་བཞིན་ཉིད་  ( day zhin nyi)
Wylie Tibetan Transliteration de bzhin nyid  ( day zhin nyi)
Devanagari Sanskrit तथता
Romanized Sanskrit tathatā
Buddha-nature Site Standard English suchness
Karl Brunnhölzl's English Term suchness
Richard Barron's English Term suchness itself
Jeffrey Hopkin's English Term thusness, suchness
Gyurme Dorje's English Term reality, absolute reality, suchness, actual truth, real nature
Term Information
Usage Example संबुद्धकायस्फरणात् तथताव्यतिभेदतः

गोत्रतश्च सदा सर्वे बुद्धगर्भाः शरीरिणः
saṃbuddhakāyaspharaṇāt tathatāvyatibhedataḥ
gotrataśca sadā sarve buddhagarbhāḥ śarīriṇaḥ
E. H. Johnston as input by the University of the West

།རྫོགས་སངས་སྐུ་ནི་འཕྲོ་ཕྱིར་དང་།
།དེ་བཞིན་ཉིད་དབྱེར་མེད་ཕྱིར་དང་།
།རིགས་ཡོད་ཕྱིར་ན་ལུས་ཅན་ཀུན།
།རྟག་ཏུ་སངས་རྒྱས་སྙིང་པོ་ཅན།

Dege, PHI, 111
Source Language Sanskrit
Basic Meaning Suchness itself, absolute reality, or thusness, as in the ultimate state of being of phenomena.
Has the Sense of A synonym for emptiness or the nature of things, dharmatā; it can also be used to describe the unity of dependent origination and emptiness. (Source: Erik Pema Kunsang, Lamp of Mahamudra, 1989.)
Related Terms dharmatā
Term Type Noun
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