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Key Term niḥsvabhāvatā
In Tibetan Script ངོ་བོ་ཉིད་མེད་པ་ཉིད་
Wylie Tibetan Transliteration ngo bo nyid med pa nyid
Devanagari Sanskrit Script निःस्वभावता
Romanized Sanskrit niḥsvabhāvatā
English Standard absence of own being
Ives Waldo's English Term essencelessness
Term Type Noun
Source Language Sanskrit
Basic Meaning The state of lacking a truly independent existence.
Has the Sense of Since phenomena are dependent on causes and conditions, their mode of being is generally characterized as an absence of self-nature or personally distinct essence.
TshigmdzodChenmo yongs grub kyi ming ste/ bdag gi ngo bo nyid du ma grub pa/

Essence or the most basic, fundamental nature or natural state of being, it is often used as a synonym for rang bzhin.

The nature or essence of a thing, which originates only from itself and is not dependent on any external entities, causes or conditions.

Though it can simply be used as the expression "I" or "me", in Indian thought the notion of self refers to a permanent, unchanging entity, such as that which passes from life to life in the case of people, or the innate essence svabhāva of phenomena.