Five minor sciences

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The five minor sciences (Tib. རིག་གནས་ཆུང་ལྔ་, rigné chung nga; Wyl. rig gnas chung lnga) are part of the ten sciences or traditional fields of knowledge in which a learned person, or pandita, is supposed to be well versed.

  1. synonyms (Skt. abhidhāna; Tib. མངོན་བརྗོད་, Wyl. mngon brjod)
  2. mathematics and astrology (jyotiṣa; Tib. སྐར་རྩིས་, Wyl. skar rtsis)
  3. performance, drama (nāṭaka; Tib. ཟློས་གར་, Wyl. zlos gar)
  4. poetry (kāvya; Tib. སྙན་ངག་, Wyl. snyan ngag)
  5. composition (chanda; Tib. སྡེབ་སྦྱོར་, Wyl. sdeb sbyor)