Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Why are there eighteen elements?

Next Abhidharma-Samuccaya addresses why there are exactly eighteen elements.

ཅིའི་ཕྱིར། ci'i phyir is why. ཁམས། khams is element, རྣམས། rnams is plural ending, so we are dealing with elements.

བཅོ་བརྒྱད། bco brgyad is eighteen. ཁོ་ན། kho na is only, ཞེ་ན། zhe na is what does it mean.

Puzzling all this together and refining: Why are there only eighteen elements?

Next, this why is answered.


Anonymous said...

here the "she" should be "Zhe" in acip transliteration? let us know !

Kent Sandvik said...

Oops, mistake, fixed it.

I'm looking at using real Tibetan fonts across all postings, using Tibetan Unicode that is nowadays usable. Stay tuned. That should take down the amount of possible typos. It's also best to see the real words spelled out as Tibetan text, anyway.