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Key Term neyārtha
In Tibetan Script དྲང་དོན་
Wylie Tibetan Transliteration drang don
Devanagari Sanskrit Script नेयार्थ
Romanized Sanskrit neyārtha
English Standard provisional meaning
Richard Barron's English Term conditional meaning
Jeffrey Hopkin's English Term interpretable meaning
Dan Martin's English Term directed meaning
Ives Waldo's English Term expedient meaning
Term Type Noun
Source Language Sanskrit
Basic Meaning Refers to something that is taught for a specific reason, rather than because it is entirely true.
Has the Sense of Something that is taught as a means to an end.
Related Terms nītārtha
TshigmdzodChenmo gdul bya thun mong ba rnams kha drang ba'i phyir du 'jig rten snang tshod du grags pa gtsor byas pa/ gang zag dang sems can dang/ phung khams skye mched la sogs pa dang/ de dag gi skye 'gag 'gro 'ong la sogs pa smra bsam brjod pa'i rim pas gzhal zhing sgro btags nas bstan pa dang/ de rjod byed kyi gsung rab dgongs 'grel dang bcas pa'o/
Other Definitions "While Tibetan thinkers generally characterize definitive teachings as those that explicitly teach ultimate truth, which is the ultimate purport of the Buddha's teachings, and provisional teachings as those teachings that do not explain ultimate truth clearly and that require further interpretation in order to ascertain the ultimate purport of the Buddha's intent, they disagree on which of the Buddha's teachings are definitive or provisional." - Wangchuk, Tsering. The Uttaratantra in the Land of Snows (2017), page 3.
Further Reading Material Lipman Kennard. "Nītārtha, Neyārtha, and Tathāgatagarbha in Tibet." Journal of Indian Philosophy 8, no. 1 (1980): 87-95.

The Ultimate Continuum (text title), often referred to as the Gyulama in the Tibetan tradition. This is the short title often used for the key source text of buddha-nature teachings, the Ratnagotravibhāga of Maitreya/Asaṅga, also known as the Mahāyānottaratantraśāstra.