Thursday, January 24, 2008

Mental Elements

Ok, we are down to the last three elements, and as mentioned before, the elements and various interactions will be explained later in Abhidharma-Samuccaya.

yid is mind (Sanskrit manas), or also you could say the mental organ or mental faculty, so yid kyi khams is the mind element or the mental organ element (mano-dhatu.) I think here the mental organ translation is better, as it reflects one of the six sense systems, where actually the mental organ is one of those.

chos, Sanskrit dharma, has many meanings, here it is related to mental objects, so chos kyi khams is mental object element (dharma-dhatu.)

yid kyi rnam par shes pa'i khams is then the mental consciousness element (mano-vijnana-dhatu.) As this is the ending of the long listing of the eighteen elements, the last word ends with an 'so construct.

The interesting observations here is that the mental senses are grouped into a triad of elements, where each one is needed for mental parts to be formed.

Next, we will start looking at spheres!


Anonymous said...

And since the last word ends with an 'o construct, it cannot be followed by a single 'shay' punctuation mark. It must be followed by a double 'shay' (or even a quadruple 'shay').

And one should avoid the common mistake of putting that 2nd 'shay' mark in front of the next line of text. A double 'shay' is a double 'shay', not two separable single 'shay'-s.

I hope you don't mind my saying so.

Kent Sandvik said...

No, not at all. Blogs are for placing comments, annotations and so on, so this is good.

However, I would prefer if comments were signed by a real name, as there are now many anonymous postings and I don't know who posted what, which makes it confusing.

Also, it's more fair to at least to give some kind of name behind a statement, but that's just my opinion about Internet and what's happening nowadays, so I should maybe get used to the anonymous posting format.