Five sense faculties

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The five sense faculties (Skt. pañcindriya; T. དབང་པོ་ལྔ་, dbang po lnga) are five internal sense faculties that are identified as belonging to rupa-skandha (the aggregate of form). These are:

  • eye faculty (Skt. cakṣurindriya; Tib. མིག་གི་དབང་པོ་, Wyl. mig gi dbang po)
  • ear faculty (Skt. śrotrendriya; Tib. རྣ་བའི་དབང་པོ་, Wyl. rna ba’i dbang po)
  • nose faculty (Skt. ghrāṇendriya; Tib. སྣའི་དབང་པོ་, Wyl. sna’i dbang po)
  • tongue faculty (Skt. jihvendriya; Tib. ལྕེའི་དབང་པོ་ , Wyl. lce’i dbang po)
  • body faculty (Skt. kāyendriya; Tib. ལུས་ཀྱི་དབང་པོ་, Wyl. lus kyi dbang po)

These five faculties control the apprehending of their individual objects (the five sense objects).

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