Twelve Sense Spheres; 1 Definition(s)


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Twelve Sense Spheres:—A technical term in Buddhism corresponding to the Sanskrit āyatana defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 24):

  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. Thought (dharma).

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

Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

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