Six Elements; 1 Definition(s)

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Six Elements:—A technical term in Buddhism corresponding to the Sanskrit gata defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 56):

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

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

Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

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