Six sense faculties

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The six sense faculties (Skt. ṣaḍ indriya; Tib. དབང་པོ་དྲུག་, Wyl. dbang po drug) are six internal sense faculties identified within the eighteen dhatus. They 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)
  • mind faculty (Skt. manendriya; Tib. ཡིད་ཀྱི་དབང་པོ་, Wyl. yid kyi dbang po)

These six faculties control the apprehending of their individual objects (the six sense objects).[1]

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

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.[2]

The six sense faculties are included in the list of twenty-two faculties of the Sanskrit Abhidharma tradition.

See also


  1. Mipham Rinpoche 2004, s.v. "Chapter 6: The Faculties: Indriya".
  2. Khenjuk notes, 2020


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