madhya () (1) ［末陀］ ( mada): An ancient Indian numerical unit meaning one hundred million.
(2) ［中］ ( chū): Middle, central, neutral, intermediate, impartial, or standing between. In Buddhist philosophy, the concept of madhya, also known as the Middle Way, denies extremes, indicating a state that transcends polar categories such as existence and nonexistence, cessation and permanence. The concept of madhya encourages practice aimed at transcending attachments to extreme or one-sided views. Mādhya, madhyama, and mādhyama are equivalent Sanskrit terms. See also Middle Way.