Gandhayatana, aka: Gandhāyatana, Gandha-ayatana; 2 Definition(s)
Gandhayatana 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)
Gandhāyatana (गन्धायतन) or simply gandha refers to the “sense sphere of smell” and represents one of the “twelve sense spheres” (āyatana) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 24). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (eg., gandha-āyatana). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha
Languages of India and abroad
Gandhāyatana refers to: an olfactory sense-relation, belonging to the six bāhirāni āyatanāni, the objective sensations D.III, 243, 290; Dhs.585, 625, 655;
Note: gandhāyatana is a Pali compound consisting of the words gandha and āyatana.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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