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Zero in Pali

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Zero in Pali

Postby DarwidHalim » Sat Mar 31, 2012 12:28 am

Hi,

How do you say zero in Pali?
I am not here nor there.
I am not right nor wrong.
I do not exist neither non-exist.
I am not I nor non-I.
I am not in samsara nor nirvana.
To All Buddhas, I bow down for the teaching of emptiness. Thank You!

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Re: Zero in Pali

Postby Viscid » Sat Mar 31, 2012 1:05 am

The mathematical concept of zero probably didn't exist when Pali was around. To them, one less than one was nothing/emptiness.
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Re: Zero in Pali

Postby Virgo » Sat Mar 31, 2012 2:00 am

Indian mathematicians made early contributions to the study of the concept of zero as a number,[5] -

[5]. ^ Bourbaki 1998, p. 46: "...our decimal system, which (by the agency of the Arabs) is derived from Hindu mathematics, where its use is attested already from the first centuries of our era. It must be noted moreover that the conception of zero as a number and not as a simple symbol of separation) and its introduction into calculations, also count amongst the original contribution of the Hindus."

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Re: Zero in Pali

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Re: Zero in Pali

Postby David N. Snyder » Sat Mar 31, 2012 5:07 am

MettaNet lists it as:

suñña-lakkhaṇa (which could make sense; empty-mark or empty characteristic)

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bindu (nought)
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Re: Zero in Pali

Postby DarwidHalim » Sat Mar 31, 2012 5:39 am

Thank you.

I am actually trying to find where does this word sunyata come from. Zen master mark it as zero. As zero mean no value at all in anything, but zero is not non-existence.

Zero is a beautiful symbol uniting between nothing there, but it is not nonexistent. This union doesnt cause any conflict although each side alone they are conflicting.

I recently read in the web that sunyata actually mean zero literally.

Thank you by the way.
I am not here nor there.
I am not right nor wrong.
I do not exist neither non-exist.
I am not I nor non-I.
I am not in samsara nor nirvana.
To All Buddhas, I bow down for the teaching of emptiness. Thank You!

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Re: Zero in Pali

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Re: Zero in Pali

Postby daverupa » Sat Mar 31, 2012 1:21 pm

I'm surprised there isn't a pun somewhere over suñña <--> saññā.

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Re: Zero in Pali

Postby bodom » Sat Mar 31, 2012 4:30 pm

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