Vāyu (P. vāyu/vāyo; T. rlung; C. fengda) translates as air or wind. It is also called vāyudhātu (wind element). It is identified as one of the primary elements (mahābhūta).
Vāyu has the property of movement or motion.
- The air element (vāyodhātu) is the principle of motion and pressure. Its characteristic is distension (vitthambana), its function is to cause motion in the other material phenomena, and it is manifested as conveyance to other places.
The Khenjuk states:
- The wind element is motion and [its function is] expansion.
- Bhikkhu Bodhi, ed. (2000), A Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma, Pariyatti Publishing
- Mipham Rinpoche (2004), Gateway to Knowledge, vol. I, translated by Kunsang, Erik Pema, Rangjung Yeshe Publications