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- n. The state or condition of being void.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality or state of being void; emptiness; vacuity; nullity; want of substantiality.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or character of being void,
Although they do not use the term voidness for this absence, nevertheless we can think of it as a type of voidness.
Although the term voidness appears primarily in the Mahayana systems, we may use the term loosely to refer to both the lack of an impossible soul of a person (gang-zag-gi bdag-med, selflessness of a person, identitylessness of a person) and the lack of an impossible soul of phenomena (chos-kyi bdag-med, selflessness of phenomena, identitylessness of phenomena), Each tenet system specifies, within the context of its own definitions, the ways of existing and “souls” that are impossible.
That second lack is usually referred to as a voidness (emptiness).
Thus, although voidness does not correspond to the truly findably existent category voidness, which the name voidness conceptualizes, nevertheless the name voidness conventionally refers to voidness.
The conceptual categories may be: merely an audio category, as in the case of thinking the word voidness without having any idea of what it means, or both an audio category and a meaning category, as in the case of thinking the word voidness together with a meaning associated with the word, even if that meaning is inaccurate.
Subtle and subtlest mental activity nonconceptually cognize the same voidness, namely voidness as an absolute absence of true existence.
The total absence of this impossible mode of establishing the existence of something validly knowable is what is referred to as the voidness of that object.
Third is the voidness of the result, namely the voidness of the enlightenment or the various Buddha-Bodies that we are aiming to achieve through the practice.
[Compassion regarding no object (dmigs-med snying-rje), then, is the wish for limited beings to be free from suffering and from unawareness of voidness, which is the cause of their suffering.]
A voidness is a static fact about some phenomenon.
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