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jihvendriya (P. jivhindriya; T. lce’i dbang po ལྕེའི་དབང་པོ་; C. shegen 舌根), or tongue faculty, is one of the five sense faculties, which are inner subtle forms based on the physical sense organs.[1]

The "tongue faculty" (jihvendriya) functions as:

The "tongue faculty" is also referred to as:

  • the tongue-sensitivity (jivhā-pasāda) in the Pali Abhidharma tradition[3]


The Abhidharma-samuccaya states:

“What is the tongue sense faculty? It is the translucent form derived from the four great elements that is the basis of tongue consciousness.”[4]

The Khenjuk states:

The [shape of the] tongue faculty is similar to [the shape of] a crescent moon disc.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Mipham Rinpoche 2004, s.v. "The Aggregate of Forms".
  2. Buswell & Lopez 2014, s.v. Six sense faculties/sense bases.
  3. Nyanatiloka Thera 2019, s.v. ayatana.
  4. Thupten Jinpa 2017, s.v. "The Five Sense Faculties".