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ཁམས། (Wyl. khams ) n. Pron.: kham

  • Disposition, Element [Buddha Nature] [Uttaratantra Shastra] [Seven vajra points] [Ten Topics of Knowledge]
  • The Element/Disposition [Buddha Nature] [Uttaratantra Shastra] [Seven vajra points, 4. The Element]
  • Skt. धातु, dhātu, Pron.: dhatu. m. layer, stratum, constituent part, ingredient, element, primitive matter (= [mahā-bhūta]) (usually reckoned as 5, viz. [kha] or [ākāśa], [anila], [tejas], [jala], [bhū] to which is added [brahma], a constituent element or essential ingredient of the body (distinct from the 5 mentioned above and conceived either as 3 humours [called also [doṣa]] phlegm, wind and bile [cf. [purīṣa], [māṃsa], [manas]] or as the 5 organs of sense, [indriyāṇi], where [śrotra], [ghrāṇa], [āsya], [hṛdaya] and [koṣṭha] are mentioned as the 5 dhātu of the human body born from the either] and the 5 properties of the elements perceived by them, [gandha], [rasa], [rūpa], [sparśa] and [śabda] or the 7 fluids or secretions, chyle, blood, flesh, fat, bone, marrow, semen cf. Suśr. [[ras^adi] or [rasa-rakt^adi], of which sometimes 10 are given, the above 7 and hair, skin, sinews cf. BhP.]) primary element of the earth, i.e. metal, mineral, are (esp. a mineral of a red colour) element of words , i.e. grammatical or verbal root or stem (with the southern Buddhists [dhātu] means either the 6 elements [see above] cf. Dharmas. xxv or the 18 elementary spheres [dhātu-loka] or the ashes of the body, relics [cf. [-garbha]]) [Sanskrit] MVP MW

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