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trilakṣaṇa


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(Skt.; Pāli, tilakkhaṇa).

The three characteristics or marks of all conditioned phenomena. They are impermance (anitya), suffering (duḥkha), and absence of self (anātman). Although separate, they are also interrelated: it is because things are impermanent that they involve suffering, and it is a corollary of their impermanence that they have no enduring self or core. The implications of the three marks are set out in the first two of the Four Noble Truths.

Subjects: Buddhism.


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