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Śabda (P. sadda; T. sgra སྒྲ་; C. sheng 聲) is translated as "sounds," "auditory objects," etc.
Śabda (sounds) are identified as:
- one of the five sense objects
- one of the six sense objects
- one of the eighteen dhatus
- one of the twelve ayatanas
- belonging to rupa skandha (the aggregate of forms)
The Khenjuk states:
- Sounds are the sense objects of the ear. There are different kinds: sounds that originate from conscious elemental causes such as the voice of a sentient being or a finger snap; sounds that originate from unconscious elemental causes such as the sounds of a river, the wind and so forth; sounds that originate from both [conscious and unconscious elements] such as a drum beat; animate sounds that express meaning; and inanimate sounds that don't express meaning. Sounds that express meaning can be either spoken by a mundane person or by a noble person.
- Sounds can also be divided into pleasant, unpleasant and neutral.
- Mipham Rinpoche 2004, s.v. "The Aggregate of Forms".