tattva

From Buddha-Nature
Sanskrit Noun

tattva

Suchness
तत्त्व
དེ་ཁོ་ན་ཉིད།

Basic Meaning

The reality or the objective state of things as they are. In the Buddhist context, it refers to the ultimate nature of things although what exactly suchness means would depend on the philosophical position of the specific schools. The Middle Way school, for instance, consider emptiness as the suchness of all things.

Term Variations
Key Term tattva
Topic Variation tattva
Tibetan དེ་ཁོ་ན་ཉིད།  ( dekhonyi)
Wylie Tibetan Transliteration de kho na nyid  ( dekhonyi)
Devanagari Sanskrit तत्त्व  ( tattva)
Romanized Sanskrit tattva  ( tattva)
Chinese Pinyin shixiang
Japanese Transliteration jissö
Korean Transliteration silsang
Buddha-nature Site Standard English Suchness
Richard Barron's English Term suchness
Jeffrey Hopkin's English Term reality
Ives Waldo's English Term suchness
Term Information
Source Language Sanskrit
Basic Meaning The reality or the objective state of things as they are. In the Buddhist context, it refers to the ultimate nature of things although what exactly suchness means would depend on the philosophical position of the specific schools. The Middle Way school, for instance, consider emptiness as the suchness of all things.
Term Type Noun
Definitions
Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism In Sanskrit, lit., “thatness”; a term with two important denotations. First, it can mean “ultimate reality,” a synonym of paramärtha, the reality, free from all conceptual elaboration, that must be understood in order to be liberated from rebirth as well as the inexpressible reality that is the object of the Buddha’s omniscient consciousness. Second, more prosaically, the term may be translated as “principle” and refer to the central doctrine of a particular philosophical school, as in the title of the works Tattvasamgraha or Tattvasiddhi. When contrasted with tathatä , tattva is the essential identity of a particular dharma, while tathatä is the common essential reality in which all dharmas partake.
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