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Setsuna (刹那 – Moment)

  • Setsuna


    We usually use “second,” “minute” and “hour” as units of time, and this fact is worldwide.

    Apart from such general units in the world, Japanese people sometimes use “setsuna” (刹那) when expressing just a moment.

    “Setsuna” is one of the concepts of time in Buddhism, and it refers to an extremely short time.

    There are several detailed definitions — one of most famous definitions is that the moment of flicking your fingers is equal to 65 setsuna.

    Also, in countries that use the Chinese writing system, setsuna is used as a numerical unit that represents 10 to the power of -18.

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