Tathatā (T. de bzhin nyid; C. zhenru) is translated as "thusness", "suchness", etc. It is described variously as true nature, essential nature, a state of being just as it is.
The term is sometimes used interchangably with dharmatā.
East Asian Buddhism
A 5th-century Chinese Mahayana scripture entitled "Awakening of Faith in the Mahayana" describes the concept of tathatā as follows:
In its very origin suchness is of itself endowed with sublime attributes. It manifests the highest wisdom which shines throughout the world, it has true knowledge and a mind resting simply in its own being. It is eternal, blissful, its own self-being and the purest simplicity; it is invigorating, immutable, free... Because it possesses all these attributes and is deprived of nothing, it is designated both as the Womb of Tathagata and the Dharma Body of Tathagata.
Scholar R. H. Robinson states:
- The Laṅkāvatāra is always careful to balance Śūnyatā with Tathatā, or to insist that when the world is viewed as śūnya, empty, it is grasped in its suchness.
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