Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Second Set of Sense Bases

As mentioned before, the words should be familiar, and if not, then just look through the recent blog entries where they are mentioned.

སྣ། sna is nose so this is the nose sense basis (ghrana-ayatana.)

དྲི། dri is odor so this is the odor sense basis (gandha-ayatana.)

ལྕེ། lce is tongue so this is the tongue sense basis (jihva-ayatana.)

རོ། ro is taste so this is the taste sense basis (rasa-ayatana.)

Now, Abhidharma-Samuccaya later describes what a sense basis really is. But it's good to know it already, instead of waiting for the hundredth or so blog posting before we reach that section.

The meaning of a sense basis (ayatana) is that it signifies a door in which the consciousness appears. If you look at the two pairs above, the nose sense basis and he odor sense basis are doors by which the the olfactory consciousness operates. Similarly, the tongue and taste sense bases operate as doors for the taste consciousness to operate.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hello again,

OK, I guess. But a door doesn't really do anything to the perceptual field, just lets perceptions in.

The Tibetan seems to imply that something is getting produced (being birthed) and 'enkindled' (perhaps enhanced??).

I wonder if the Sanskrit fully justifies the Tibetan translation?

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