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Advaya (Skt., non-duality). The essential nature of things when truly understood, according to Buddhist thought.

The term is more commonly encountered in the literature of the Mahāyāna. In the Prajñāpāramitā (see PERFECTION OF WISDOM) corpus it is often found as a synonym of suchness (tathatā) since, from the ultimate point of view, reality cannot be determined on the basis of dichotomies, such as subjectivity and objectivity, which operate according to worldly convention.