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  • n. Emptiness, in terms of a meditative state; an Eastern concept of a high meditative state of calm and freedom from distraction.
  • n. The cosmic void; in the East-West dialogue, an Eastern term for metaphysics of nothingness.

Etymologies

From Sanskrit शून्यता (śūnyatā), from शून्य (śūnya, "zero, nothing") + ता (-tā, "generalizing suffix"). Cognate with Pali suññata (Wiktionary)

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