Six sense faculties

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The six sense faculties (Skt. ṣaḍ indriya; T. dbang po drug དབང་པོ་དྲུག) are internal sense faculties that have the capacity to process information[1] and support the six types of consciousness.[2]

There are five facutlies that process information from the physical sense organs:

And one faculty that processes mental objects:

The first five sense faculties are included in the aggregate of form.

These six faculties control the apprehending of their individual objects (the six sense objects).[3]

These six sense faculties are identified as:

The first five sense faculties are the same as the first five of the six sense bases within the scheme of the twelve ayatanas. The distinction between the five factulties and the five sense bases is that in these two schemes are looking at the five sense objects from different perspectives.[4]

Alternate translations

  • Six cognitive powers; six faculties (Tsepak Rigzin; Steinert dict)
  • Six "capacities" (Goodman)


  1. Goodman 2020, s.v. "Chapter 5: Dhatus and Channel Processing".
  2. Thupten Jinpa 2017, s.v. Chapter 1:Systems of Classification.
  3. Mipham Rinpoche 2004, s.v. "Chapter 6: The Faculties: Indriya".
  4. Khenjuk notes, 2020


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