Svabhava (Buddhism)

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Svabhava (devanāgarī: स्वाभाव svābhāva) is usually translated as the "inherent nature" of something, and traditionally Buddhist schools denied the existence of such real essence, postulating that the ultimate truth is emptiness (Śūnyatā). However, some scholars such as David Reigle contend that some Buddhist texts such as Maitreya's Ratna-gotra-vihhaga did teach the existence of a permanent element in a way not too different from the Theosophical teachings.[1]

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