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Key Term neyārtha
Hover Popup Choices provisional; expedient
In Tibetan Script དྲང་དོན་
Wylie Tibetan Transliteration drang don
Devanagari Sanskrit Script नेयार्थ
Romanized Sanskrit neyārtha
English Standard provisional meaning
Karl Brunnhölzl's English Term expedient meaning
Richard Barron's English Term conditional meaning; provisional meaning
Jeffrey Hopkin's English Term interpretable meaning; requiring interpretation
Dan Martin's English Term directed meaning
Gyurme Dorje's English Term provisional 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
Rangjung Yeshe's English Term expedient meaning. interpretable [ggd]. provisional meanings. hinted or provisional meaning. expedient meaning, assumed meaning, interpretable, provisional meaning, requiring interpretation. {'dul bya kha *}; conventional meaning, / conditional meaning/ truth
Tshig mdzod Chen mo 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.