Six sense objects

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Six sense objects (Skt. ṣaḍ viṣaya; T. ཡུལ་དྲུག་་ yul drug) are six external sensory objects included within the schemes of the eighteen dhatus and the twelve ayatanas. They are:

  1. rūpa (T. གཟུགས་) - visible forms
  2. śabda (T. སྒྲ་) - sounds
  3. gandha (T. དྲི་) - smells
  4. rasa (T. རོ་) - tastes
  5. spraṣṭavya (T. རེག་བྱ་) - tangible objects (of touch)
  6. dharma (Tib. ཆོས་) - mental objects

Within the scheme of the eighteen dhatus, the apprehension of these objects is controlled by the six sense faculties.[1]


  1. Mipham Rinpoche 2004, s.v. "Chapter 6: The Faculties: Indriya".