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to empty; vacant; unoccupied; space; leisure; free time
(1) empty air; sky; (2) {Buddh} shunyata (the lack of an immutable intrinsic nature within any phenomenon); emptiness; (3) (abbreviation) (See 空軍) air force; (noun or adjectival noun) (4) fruitlessness; meaninglessness; (noun or adjectival noun) (5) (See 五大・1) void (one of the five elements); (can be adjective with の) (6) {math} empty (e.g. set); (female given name) Ron
śūnya, empty, void, hollow, vacant, nonexistent. śūnyatā, 舜若多, vacuity, voidness, emptiness, non-existence, immateriality, perhaps spirituality, unreality, the false or illusory nature of all existence, the seeming 假 being unreal. The doctrine that all phenomena and the ego have no reality, but are composed of a certain number of skandhas or elements, which disintegrate. The void, the sky, space. The universal, the absolute, complete abstraction without relativity. There are classifications into 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 11, 13, 16, and 18 categories. The doctrine is that all things are compounds, or unstable organisms, possessing no self-essence, i.e. are dependent, or caused, come into existence only to perish. The underlying reality, the principle of eternal relativity, or non-infinity, i.e. śūnya, permeates all phenomena making possible their evolution. From this doctrine the Yogācārya school developed the idea of the permanent reality, which is Essence of Mind, the unknowable noumenon behind all phenomena, the entity void of ideas and phenomena, neither matter nor mind, but the root of both.



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kōng wú
    kong1 wu2
k`ung wu
    kung wu

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Unreality, or immateriality, of things, which is defined as nothing existing of independent or self-contained nature.


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zhēn kōng miào yǒu
    zhen1 kong1 miao4 you3
chen k`ung miao yu
    chen kung miao yu
 shinkū myōu
The true void is the mysteriously existing; truly void, or immaterial, yet transcendentally existing.

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(1) unpreparedness; (2) falsehood; (3) {astron} (See 二十八宿,玄武・げんぶ・2) Chinese "Emptiness" constellation (one of the 28 mansions)

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emptiness; void; abstract theory or guiding principles; empty or unoccupied; diffident or timid; false; humble or modest; (of health) weak; virtual; in vain
śūnya. Empty, vacant; unreal, unsubstantial, untrue; space; humble; in vain.


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yī kōng
    yi1 kong1
i k`ung
    i kung
 ikkuu / ikku
leaving none left; (sold etc) out
(given name) Ikkuu
All is empty, or of the void, non-material.


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sān kōng
    san1 kong1
san k`ung
    san kung
The three voids or immaterialities. The first set of three is (a) 空, (b) 無相, (c) 無願, v. 三三昧. The second, (a) 我空 , (b) 法空 , (c) 倶空 the self, things, all phenomena as "empty" or immaterial. The third relates to charity: (a) giver, (b) receiver, (c) gift, all are "empty".


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shì kōng
    shi4 kong1
shih k`ung
    shih kung
emptiness of discreet phenomena


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èr kōng
    er4 kong1
erh k`ung
    erh kung
The two voids, unrealities, or immaterialities; v. 空. There are several antitheses: (1) (a) 人空; 我空 The non-reality of the atman, the soul, the person; (6) 法空 the non-reality of things. (2) (a) 性空 The Tiantai division that nothing has a nature of its own; (b) 相空 therefore its form is unreal, i.e. forms are temporary names. (3) (a) 但空 Tiantai says the 藏 and 通 know only the 空; (b) 不但空 the 別 and 圓 have 空, 假, and 中 q.v. (4) (a) 如實空 The division of the 起信論 that the 眞如 is devoid of all impurity; (b) 如實不空 and full of all merit, or achievement.



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èr niǎo
    er4 niao3
erh niao
 nichou / nicho
(female given name) Nichō
The drake and the hen of the mandarin duck who are always together, typifying various contrasted theories and ideas, e.g. permanence and impermanence, joy and sorrow, emptiness and non-emptiness, etc.


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wǔ kōng
    wu3 kong1
wu k`ung
    wu kung
 gokuu / goku
(given name) Gokuu
five kinds of emptiness


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rén kōng
    ren2 kong1
jen k`ung
    jen kung
Man is only a temporary combination formed by the five skandhas and the twelve nidānas, being the product of previous causes, and without a real self or permanent soul. Hīnayāna is said to end these causes and consequent reincarnation by discipline in subjection of the passions and entry into nirvana by the emptying of the self. Mahāyāna fills the "void" with the Absolute, declaring that when man has emptied himself of the ego he realizes his nature to be that of the absolute, bhūtatathatā; v. 二空.


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piān kōng
    pian1 kong1
p`ien k`ung
    pien kung
imbalanced emptiness


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rù kōng
    ru4 kong1
ju k`ung
    ju kung
enter emptiness



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nèi kōng
    nei4 kong1
nei k`ung
    nei kung
Empty within, i. e. no soul or self within.



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nèi xū
    nei4 xu1
nei hsü
inner emptiness


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qián kōng
    qian2 kong1
ch`ien k`ung
    chien kung
(place-name) Maezora
the prior emptiness


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shí yù
    shi2 yu4
shih yü
ten analogies [for emptiness]


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jí kōng
    ji2 kong1
chi k`ung
    chi kung
identical to emptiness


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qǔ kōng
    qu3 kong1
ch`ü k`ung
    chü kung
grasping to emptiness


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shòu kōng
    shou4 kong1
shou k`ung
    shou kung
emptiness of the recipient



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dān kōng
    dan1 kong1
tan k`ung
    tan kung
 tan kū
emptiness only


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yīn kōng
    yin1 kong1
yin k`ung
    yin kung
emptiness of cause


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wài kōng
    wai4 kong1
wai k`ung
    wai kung
emptiness of the external


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dà kōng
    da4 kong1
ta k`ung
    ta kung
wide open sky; the blue; heavens; firmament; (male given name) Masataka
The great void, or the Mahāyāna parinirvāṇa, as being more complete and final than the nirvāṇa of Hīnayāna. It is used in the Shingon sect for the great immaterial or spiritual wisdom, with its esoteric symbols; its weapons, such as the vajra; its samādhis; its sacred circles, or maṇḍalas, etc. It is used also for space, in which there is neither east, west, north, nor south.



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tài xū
    tai4 xu1
t`ai hsü
    tai hsü
great emptiness; the void; heaven; the skies; universe; cosmos; original essence of the cosmos
great voidness


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miào kōng
    miao4 kong1
miao k`ung
    miao kung
excellent emptiness



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shí kōng
    shi2 kong1
shih k`ung
    shih kung
Absolute śūnya, or vacuity; all things being produced by cause and environment are unreal.



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ài kōng
    ai4 kong1
ai k`ung
    ai kung
(female given name) Megu
loves emptiness


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wǒ kōng
    wo3 kong1
wo k`ung
    wo kung
生空 (衆生空); 人空 Illusion of the concept of the reality of the ego, man being composed of elements and disintegrated when these are dissolved.


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sàn kōng
    san4 kong1
san k`ung
    san kung
analytical emptiness


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shī kōng
    shi1 kong1
shih k`ung
    shih kung
emptiness of donating


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(1) space; room; emptiness; gap; (2) opening; vacancy; empty seat; (3) free time; time to spare; (4) disuse; unused thing


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yǒu kòng
    you3 kong4
yu k`ung
    yu kung
 u kū
to have time (to do something)
Phenomenal and noumenal; the manifold forms of things exist, but things, being constructed of elements, have no per se reality.


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xī kōng
    xi1 kong1
hsi k`ung
    hsi kung
analytical emptiness



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shěn kōng
    shen3 kong1
shen k`ung
    shen kung
 chin kū
To sink into emptiness, or uselessness.


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fǎ kōng
    fa3 kong1
fa k`ung
    fa kung
The emptiness or unreality of things, everything being dependent on something else and having no individual existence apart from other things; hence the illusory nature of all things as being composed of elements and not possessing reality.



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wú dì
    wu2 di4
wu ti
truth of emptiness



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dú kōng
    du2 kong1
tu k`ung
    tu kung
The one immaterial reality behind all phenomena.


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shēng kōng
    sheng1 kong1
sheng k`ung
    sheng kung
Empty at birth, i. e. 我空, 人空 void of a permanent ego.



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yì kōng
    yi4 kong1
i k`ung
    i kung
 i kū
different from emptiness


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xiàng kōng
    xiang4 kong1
hsiang k`ung
    hsiang kung
The unreality of form; the doctrine that phenomena have no reality in themselves, in contrast with that of Hīnayāna which only held that the ego had no reality.


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zhēn kōng
    zhen1 kong1
chen k`ung
    chen kung
(female given name) Mahiro
(1) The absolute void, complete vacuity, said to be the nirvana of the Hīnayāna. (2) The essence of the bhūtatathatā, as the 空眞如 of the 起信論, 唯識, and 華嚴. (3) The void or immaterial as reality, as essential or substantial, the 非 空 之 空 not-void void, the ultimate reality, the highest Mahāyāna concept of true voidness, or of ultimate reality.


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(1) space; room; emptiness; gap; (2) opening; vacancy; empty seat; (3) free time; time to spare; (4) disuse; unused thing


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kōng shì
    kong1 shi4
k`ung shih
    kung shih
fake; fabrication



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kōng zhí
    kong1 zhi2
k`ung chih
    kung chih
 kū shū
v. 空有二執.



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kōng chén
    kong1 chen2
k`ung ch`en
    kung chen
śūnya as sub-material, ghostly, or spiritual, as having diaphanous form, a non-Buddhist view of the immaterial as an entity, hence the false view of a soul or ego that is real.


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kōng zōng
    kong1 zong1
k`ung tsung
    kung tsung
(surname) Soramune
The śūnya sects, i.e. those which make the unreality of the ego and things their fundamental tenet.


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kōng dìng
    kong1 ding4
k`ung ting
    kung ting
The meditation which dwells on the Void or the Immaterial; it is divided into 内道, i.e. the 三三昧, and 外道, the latter limited to the four dhyānas 四空定 q.v., except the illusion that things have a reality in themselves, as individuals 法我 q.v.


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kōng jí
    kong1 ji2
k`ung chi
    kung chi
 kuujaku / kujaku
(1) {Buddh} complete emptiness (i.e. as a denial of the inherent existence of all things); nirvana (where this emptiness is realized); (noun or adjectival noun) (2) (archaism) quiet and lonely
Immaterial; a condition beyond disturbance, the condition of nirvana.



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kōng shí
    kong1 shi2
k`ung shih
    kung shih
emptiness is real


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kōng rěn
    kong1 ren3
k`ung jen
    kung jen
Patience attained by regarding suffering as unreal; one of the 十忍.


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kōng xìng
    kong1 xing4
k`ung hsing
    kung hsing
 kuushou / kusho
(personal name) Kuushou
śūnyata, v. 空, the nature of the Void, or immaterial, the bhūtatathatā, the universal substance, which is not 我法 ego and things, but while not Void is of the Void-nature.


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kōng huàn
    kong1 huan4
k`ung huan
    kung huan
emptiness and suffering


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kōng xiǎng
    kong1 xiang3
k`ung hsiang
    kung hsiang
daydream; fantasy; to fantasize
(n,vs,vt,adj-no) daydream; fantasy; fancy; vision; (female given name) Sora
Thinking of immateriality. Also, vainly thinking, or desiring.


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kōng huì
    kong1 hui4
k`ung hui
    kung hui
The wisdom which beholds spiritual truth.


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kōng jiào
    kong1 jiao4
k`ung chiao
    kung chiao
 kuukyou / kukyo
(given name) Kuukyou
The teaching that all is unreal. The 法相宗 Dharmalakṣaṇa School divided Buddha's teaching into three periods: (1) the Hīnayāna period, teaching that 法有 things are real; (2) the 般若 prajñā period, that 法 空things are unreal; (3) the Huayan and Lotus period of the middle or transcendental doctrine 中道教.


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kōng zhì
    kong1 zhi4
k`ung chih
    kung chih
wisdom concerning emptiness


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kōng fǎ
    kong1 fa3
k`ung fa
    kung fa
(1) To regard everything as unreal, i.e. the ego, things, the dynamic, the static. (2) The nirvana of Hīnayāna.


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kōng wáng
    kong1 wang2
k`ung wang
    kung wang
 soraou / sorao
(surname) Soraou
The king of immateriality, or spirituality, Buddha, who is lord of all things.


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kōng lǐ
    kong1 li3
k`ung li
    kung li
 kuuri / kuri
abstract or impracticable theory; (female given name) Kuuri
The śūnya principle, or law, i.e. the unreality of the ego and phenomena.


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kōng bìng
    kong1 bing4
k`ung ping
    kung ping
emptiness disease


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kōng xiàng
    kong1 xiang4
k`ung hsiang
    kung hsiang
 kuusou / kuso
{Buddh} the empty nature of all things
Voidness, emptiness, space, the immaterial, that which cannot be expressed in terms of the material. The characteristic of all things is unreality, i.e. they are composed of elements which disintegrate. v. 空.


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kōng kōng
    kong1 kong1
k`ung k`ung
    kung kung
empty; vacuous; nothing; vacant; in vain; all for nothing; air-to-air (missile)
(noun or adjectival noun) empty; vacant; void
Unreality of unreality. When all has been regarded as illusion, or unreal, the abstract idea of unreality itself must be destroyed.



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kōng jīng
    kong1 jing1
k`ung ching
    kung ching
 kū kyō
The sutras of unreality or immateriality, e.g. the Prajñāpāramitā.



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kōng yuán
    kong1 yuan2
k`ung yüan
    kung yüan
emptiness as objective condition


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kōng sè
    kong1 se4
k`ung se
    kung se
 kuujiki / kujiki
(noun - becomes adjective with の) sky-blue; (personal name) Kuujiki
Formless and with form; noumena and phenomena.


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 kuukyo / kukyo
(noun or adjectival noun) (1) emptiness; hollowness; vacancy; void; (noun or adjectival noun) (2) inanity; pointlessness; meaninglessness



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kōng xū
    kong1 xu1
k`ung hsü
    kung hsü
hollow; emptiness; meaningless
See: 空虚


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kōng xíng
    kong1 xing2
k`ung hsing
    kung hsing
 kuugyou / kugyo
blank line
The discipline or practice of the immaterial, or infinite, thus overcoming the illusion that the ego and all phenomena are realities.



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kōng jiàn
    kong1 jian4
k`ung chien
    kung chien
(female given name) Hiromi
The heterodox view that karma and nirvana are not real, v. 空有.



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kōng guān
    kong1 guan1
k`ung kuan
    kung kuan
v. 空有二觀.


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kōng jiě
    kong1 jie3
k`ung chieh
    kung chieh
The interpretation (or doctrine) of ultimate reality.



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kōng yí
    kong1 yi2
k`ung i
    kung i
meaning of emptiness (or voidness)



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kōng dì
    kong1 di4
k`ung ti
    kung ti
 kuutai / kutai
{Buddh} (See 三諦) truth of emptiness (holding that all things are void)
The doctrine of immateriality, one of the three dogmas of Tiantai, that all things animate and inanimate, seeing that they result from previous causes and are without reality in themselves, are therefore 空or not material, but "spiritual".



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kōng mén
    kong1 men2
k`ung men
    kung men
(surname) Sorakado
(1) The teaching which regards everything as unreal, or immaterial. (2) The school of unreality, one of the four divisions made by Tiantai (3) The teaching of immateriality, the door to nirvana, a general name for Buddhism; hence空門子 are Buddhist monks.



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kōng jì
    kong1 ji4
k`ung chi
    kung chi
 kuusai / kusai
horizon; point where the sky meets the earth
The region of immateriality, or nirvana. Also called 實際, the region of reality.


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kōng mó
    kong1 mo2
k`ung mo
    kung mo
The demons who arouse in the heart the false belief that karma is not real.



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kōng diǎn
    kong1 dian3
k`ung tien
    kung tien
The dot over the ṃ or ṅ in Sanskrit, symbolizing that all things are empty or unreal; used by the Shingon sect with various meanings.


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kǔ kōng
    ku3 kong1
k`u k`ung
    ku kung
Misery and unreality, pain and emptiness.


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Chinese "Emptiness" constellation (one of the 28 mansions)



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guān kōng
    guan1 kong1
kuan k`ung
    kuan kung
To regard all things as unreal, or as having no fundamental reality.


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jiě kōng
    jie3 kong1
chieh k`ung
    chieh kung
To apprehend or interpret the immateriality of all things.



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zhèng kōng
    zheng4 kong1
cheng k`ung
    cheng kung
realize emptiness


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chóng kōng
    chong2 kong1
ch`ung k`ung
    chung kung
The double space, i.e. the space beyond space, the void beyond the void.


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wán kōng
    wan2 kong1
wan k`ung
    wan kung
only emptiness



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tǐ kōng
    ti3 kong1
t`i k`ung
    ti kung
The emptiness, unreality, or immateriality of substance, the 'mind-only' theory, that all is mind or mental, a Mahāyāna doctrine.



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sān kōng mén
    san1 kong1 men2
san k`ung men
    san kung men
 sankū mon
(三空觀門) idem 三解脫門.



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bù yì kōng
    bu4 yi4 kong1
pu i k`ung
    pu i kung
 fui kū
not different from emptiness


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èr shí kōng
    er4 shi2 kong1
erh shih k`ung
    erh shih kung
twenty kinds of emptiness



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èr kōng guān
    er4 kong1 guan1
erh k`ung kuan
    erh kung kuan
 ni kūkan
Two kinds of meditation on the "void', or unreality: (a) 無生觀 the meditation that things are unproduced, having no individual or separate natures, i.e. that all things are void and unreal; cf. 性空; (b) 無相觀 that they are therefore formless, cf. 相空. Also 人 and 法空觀 see above.


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tā xìng kōng
    ta1 xing4 kong1
t`a hsing k`ung
    ta hsing kung
 tashō kū
emptiness of other-nature


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jiǎ míng kōng
    jia3 ming2 kong1
chia ming k`ung
    chia ming kung
 kemyō kū
conventionally designated emptiness


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pì qǔ kōng
    pi4 qu3 kong1
p`i ch`ü k`ung
    pi chü kung
 hishu kū
one-sided attachment to emptiness



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nèi wài kōng
    nei4 wai4 kong1
nei wai k`ung
    nei wai kung
 naige kū
Internal organ and external object are both unreal, or not material.


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gòng xiàng kōng
    gong4 xiang4 kong1
kung hsiang k`ung
    kung hsiang kung
 gusō kū
emptiness of ancillary marks



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shèng yì kōng
    sheng4 yi4 kong1
sheng i k`ung
    sheng i kung
 shōgi kū
nirvāṇa as surpassingly real or transcendental.


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shí yī kōng
    shi2 yi1 kong1
shih i k`ung
    shih i kung
eleven kinds of emptiness


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shí èr kōng
    shi2 er4 kong1
shih erh k`ung
    shih erh kung
 jūni kū
v. 十二眞如.


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shí bā kōng
    shi2 ba1 kong1
shih pa k`ung
    shih pa kung
 jūhachi kū
eighteen aspects of emptiness

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