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Tathatā

Tathatā (Skt., ‘suchness’; Chin., chen-ju; Jap., shinnyo). Mahāyāna Buddhist attempt to express the absolute and true nature inherent in all appearance, and obviously contrasted with it qua appearance. It has no ‘own nature’ (svabhāva), and is not other than the buddha-nature (buddhatā, bussho, tathāgata-garbha), except of course that the ‘two’ cannot be compared or equated, because they have no characterized nature to be so compared. For that reason, the Buddha as tathāgata is necessarily synonymous with tathatā (e.g. as argued in the Diamond Sūtra).

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