In Buddhist context, paramartha refers to the absolute, as opposed to merely conventional, truth or reality. Knowledge is considered as split into three levels: The first being the illusory (called samvriti, parikalpita or pratibhasika according to different schools of thought), considered false compared to the empirical (samvriti, paratantra or vyavaharika), in turn trumped by the transcendental (paramartha or paramarthika). Compare: samvriti
Paramārtha is also the name of a Chinese scholar of the 6th Century CE, best known for his Chinese translation of the Abhidharma-kosa.
- Sanskrit: paramārtha
- The Transcendent Absolute and Phenomena, search for "Three Grades of Knowledge"
- Concept and Reality Pannatti and Paramatta
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