suññatā

Translated in English as emptiness, voidness, openness, thusness — none of which give the meaning 🙂

suññatā means, it has no inherent existence. It does not exist by itself. Thich Naht Hanh says, If you remove the petals of the flower, and the stamens, and the pistil, and the stem … where is the flower itself? But each piece all by itself is not the flower. suññatā.

it can be seen as part of pratītyasamutpāda — “dependent origination” — everything exists in dependence on other things.

( pi: सुञ्ञता | sa: śūnyatā शून्यता | bo: tongpa nyi སྟོང་པ་ཉིད་ | ja: kū 空 | zh: kōng 空 )