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saṃvartasthāyikalpa [alt. ṡūnyākalpa] (P. saṃvaṭṭaṭṭhāyīkappa; T. stong pa'i bskal pa སྟོང་པའི་བསྐལ་པ་; C. kongjie 空劫) is translated as "eon of voidness," "eon of nothingness," etc. It one of the four periods in the of creation and destruction of a world system, corresponding to the four divisions a great eon (mahākalpa).[1]

Science and Philosophy in the Indian Buddhist Classics (Vol 1) states:

The eon of voidness is said to be the period of abiding in a void state from the destruction of former worlds up until but not including the formation of future world systems. It also lasts for twenty intermediate eons.[2]

See also


  1. Buswell & Lopez 2014, s.v. saṃvartasthāyikalpa.
  2. Thupten Jinpa 2017, s.v. Chapter 25: Measurement and Enumeration.