Definition of shunyata in US English:

shunyata

(also sunyata)

noun

Buddhism
  • The doctrine that phenomena are devoid of an immutable or determinate intrinsic nature.

    Compare with tathata
    • ‘In the buddhadharma, the true nature of things is shunyata, Sanskrit for ‘emptiness.’’
    • ‘The body naturally leads us to the experience of shunyata, or emptiness.’
    • ‘That could be very desolate or it could be very inspiring, in terms of shunyata, the Buddhist understanding of emptiness.’
    • ‘The Buddha called this unformed unity shunyata, emptiness.’
    • ‘The truth of a phenomenon is called shunyata, emptiness, which implies that the phenomenon does not possess a truly existent essence or nature.’

Origin

From Sanskrit śūnyatā ‘emptiness’.

Pronunciation

shunyata

/ˈSHo͞onyəˌtä/