Gandhadhatu, aka: Gandhadhātu, Gandha-dhatu; 2 Definition(s)
Gandhadhatu 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.
General definition (in Buddhism)
Gandhadhātu (गन्धधातु) or simply gandha refers to the “smell element” and represents one of the eighteen elements (dhātu) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 25). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (eg., gandha-dhātu). The work is attributed to Nagarguna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha
Languages of India and abroad
Gandhadhātu refers to: the (sensory) element of smell Dhs.585; 625. 707 (in conn. w. °āyatana);
Note: gandhadhātu is a Pali compound consisting of the words gandha and dhātu.Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.
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