Six sense objects

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Six sense objects (Skt. ṣaḍ viṣaya; T. ཡུལ་དྲུག་་ yul drug) are six external sensory objects that are perceived by the six consciousnesses.

There are five type of sense object that are processed by the five physical sense organs:

  1. rūpa (visible forms)
  2. śabda (sounds)
  3. gandha (smells)
  4. rasa (tastes)
  5. spraṣṭavya (tangible objects)

And one type of sense object that is processed by the mental faculty:

6. dharma (mental objects; aka manoviṣaya)

The first five sense objects belong to rupa-skandha (the aggregate of form), and are percieved by the five sensory consciousness. The sixth sense object (mental objects) consists of both form and non-form, and is perceived by the mind consciousness.

The six sense objects are identified as:

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".