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Ucchedadṛṣṭi (P. ucchedadiṭṭhi; T. chad lta; C. duanjian) is translated as "view of annihilationism," "annihilation-belief," "view of nihilism," "view of discontinuance," etc.

The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism states:

Ucchedadṛṣṭi is variously defined in the Buddhist philosophical schools but generally refers to the wrong view that causes do not have effects, thus denying the central tenets of karma and rebirth (the denial of the possibility of rebirth was attributed to the Cārvāka school of ancient India). Among the divisions of the root affliction (mūlakleśa) of “wrong view” (dṛṣṭi), ucchedadṛṣṭi occurs in connection with satkāyadṛṣṭi , where it is defined as the mistaken belief or view that the self is the same as one or all of the five aggregates (skandha) and that as such it ceases to exist at death. In this context, it is contrasted with śāśvatadṛṣṭi, the mistaken belief that the self is different from the aggregates and that it continues to exist eternally from one rebirth to the next.[1]

Sanskrit tradition

The Rangjung Yeshe Dictionary states:

(Definition for རྟག་ལྟ་) Nihilism. Literally, 'the view of discontinuance.' The extreme view of nothingness: no rebirth or karmic effects, and the nonexistence of a mind after death.[2]

The Tibetan-English Dictionary of Buddhist Terminology states:

(Definition for རྟག་ལྟ་) View of nihilism; nihilism. For instance, asserting the non-existence of the cause and effect, former and future lives, severence or exhanstion of existence at death, etc.[3]

Pali tradition

The Buddhist Dictionary states:

Annihilation-belief (uccheda-diṭṭhi)...is the belief in the existence of an ego-entity or personality as being more or less identical with those physical and mental processes [that constitue life], and which therefore, at the dissolution at death, will come to be annihilated.[4]


  1. Buswell & Lopez 2014, s.v. ucchedadṛṣṭi.
  2. Rangjung a-circle30px.jpg chad_lta, Rangjung Yeshe Wiki
  3. Internet-icon.svg ཆད་ལྟ་, Christian-Steinert Dictionary
  4. Nyanatiloka Thera 2019, s.v. diṭṭhi.


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