Five Elements: 1 definition

Introduction

Five Elements means something in Buddhism, Pali. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

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General definition (in Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Five Elements:—A technical term in Buddhism corresponding to the Sanskrit mahābhūta defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 39):

  1. Earth (pṛthvī),
  2. Water (āpas),
  3. Fire (tejas),
  4. Wind (vāyu),
  5. Space (ākāśa).

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

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