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In Buddhism and a few Hindu traditions, sunyata or shunyata (Sanskrit: emptyness [of mind]) is the absence of expectations or thoughts which might cloud one's perception of what is—an important step on the path to enlightenment.

This is factually inaccurate; śūnyatā is not a specifically psychological phenomenon or attribute; it is at least as much metaphysical as psychological. This is not a "larger sense" of the term.

In a larger sense, Sunyata is also conceived of as the ultimate nature of reality. In this sense, it is synonomous with the Buddhist conception of emptiness,

While it might be true that a thing is synonymous with itself, it can't be very important to say so.

meaning that phenomena lack a permanent identity or underlying "self," and that things exist because of 'dependent-arising' rather than any metaphysical workings hidden behind phenomenal existence.

This is perfectly correct, but adequately addressed in shunyata

As is the case in many esoteric doctrines of Buddhist, Hindu, and similar Eastern mystical traditions, the 'dual-meaning' of Sunyata as it applies to emptiness of mind and emptiness of reality is seen as illustrative of the fundamental inseperability of microcosm and macrocosm.

What?कुक्कुरोवाच 10:18, 1 Apr 2004 (UTC)

See also Shunyata and Maya
(This article may need to be merged with Shunyata)