What are “conditioned things”?

A Buddhist friend is concerned about the mistranslations of the Pali words in the Pali Canon. For example, the Pali word “asaṅkhata” is often translated as “unconditioned.” He insists that the proper translation is “unfabricated.” According to one Buddhist dictionary, “asaṅkhata” refers to the “Unformed, Unoriginated, Unconditioned. It is a name for Nibbāna (same as Nirvana), the beyond of all becoming and conditionality.”

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Kenneth Leong

Kenneth Leong

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Author, Zen teacher, scientific mystic, professor, photographer, philosopher, social commentator, socially engaged human