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Tibetan Noun

gzhi

ground
གཞི་

Basic Meaning

The foundational basis of both saṃsāra and nirvāṇa. It is often used as a synonym for tathāgatagarbha and dharmadhātu.

Has the Sense of

In the Dzogchen teachings it is commonly counted among the trilogy of ground, path, and fruition. Sometimes referred to as the primordial ground (ye bzhi), it is the source from which all phenomena arise.

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Term Variations
Key Term gzhi
Topic Variation gzhi
Tibetan གཞི་  ( shi)
Wylie Tibetan Transliteration gzhi  ( shi)
Buddha-nature Site Standard English ground
Richard Barron's English Term ground (of being)
Jeffrey Hopkin's English Term basis
Gyurme Dorje's English Term ground [of spiritual realization], basis
Term Information
Source Language Tibetan
Basic Meaning The foundational basis of both saṃsāra and nirvāṇa. It is often used as a synonym for tathāgatagarbha and dharmadhātu.
Has the Sense of In the Dzogchen teachings it is commonly counted among the trilogy of ground, path, and fruition. Sometimes referred to as the primordial ground (ye bzhi), it is the source from which all phenomena arise.
Related Terms Dharmadhātu, Tathāgatagarbha
Term Type Noun
Definitions
Rangjung Yeshe Dictionary 1) basis, source, foundation, base, basic [ground]. 2) Syn {don} referent, the object, objective support. Syn {dngos po} 3) ground (of being); ground aspect; ground, basic ground, basic nature. Syn. buddha-nature. Syn {de gshegs snying po ka dag klong rig pa'i klong} 4) to form a basis for, a source of; matters; to cause, ex. {+r gyur} which causes. which is the foundation. fundamental state; 5) basic; foundational, ground-, fundamental. substratum [ggd]. rtsod gzhi - the subject of the debate [ggd]