Sāmānyalakṣaṇa

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Sāmānyalakṣaṇa (T. spyi mtshan, སྤྱི་མཚན་; C. gongxian), or "generally characterized thing" is defined as "the conceptual superimposition of that which appears as a universal."[1]

In Buddhist logic and epistemology, this term is contrasted with svalakṣaṇa (a particularly characterized thing).

Alternative Translations

  • Generally characterized phenomena[2]
  • Universal (Dunne)
  • general characteristic, general quality, shared mark (Buswell)

Notes

  1. ཐུན་མོང་བར་སྣང་བའི་སྒྲོ་བཏགས་
  2. Dunne has objected to the use of the word 'phenomenon' here. See Dunne (2004), p. 83, n. 46


Further Reading

  • John D. Dunne, Foundations of Dharmakirti's Philosophy, Wisdom Publications, 2004
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