Eighteen Elements; 1 Definition(s)

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General definition (in Buddhism)

Eighteen Elements:—A technical term in Buddhism corresponding to the Sanskrit dhātu defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 25):

  1. Eye (cakṣus),
  2. Ear (śrotra),
  3. Nose (ghrāṇa),
  4. Tongue (jihvā),
  5. Body (kāya),
  6. Mind (manas),
  7. Form (rūpa),
  8. Smell (gandha),
  9. Sound (śabda),
  10. Taste (rasa),
  11. Tangible (sparśa),
  12. Though (dharma),
  13. Eye-consciousness (cakṣurvijñāna),
  14. Ear-consciousness (śrotravijñāna),
  15. Nose-consciousness (ghrāṇavijñāna),
  16. Tongue-consciousness (jihvāvijñāna),
  17. Body-consciousness (kāyavijñāna),
  18. Mind-consciousness (manasvijñāna).

The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (eg., dhātu, ‘eighteen elements’). The work is attributed to Nagarguna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

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