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Ākāśa (T. nam mkha'; C. xukong) translates as space or sky. It is also called ākāśadhātu (space element).

Ākāśa has two main connotations:Template:Buswell sv

In some texts, it is identified as one of the five primary elements (mahābhūta).

Pali tradition

A Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma states:

Space, as understood in the Abhidhamma, is not bare geometric extension but the void region that delimits and separates objects and groups of material phenomena, enabling them to be perceived as distinct. The space element has the characteristic of delimiting matter. Its function is to display the boundaries of matter. It is manifested as the confines of matter, or as the state of gaps and apertures. Its proximate cause is the matter delimited.Template:Manual of Abhidhamma sv



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