Dhamma theory

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The Dhamma theory is an Abhidammic innovationTemplate:Sfn It gives an overview of all the bare phenomena which form this world.Template:Sfn

Early version

The early Buddhist scriptures give various lists of the constituents of the person:Template:Sfn

  1. Nama-rupa, "name" and "form," or the mental and material elements;
  2. The five skandhas (aggregates): rupa (material elements), vedana (cognition), sañña (perception), sankhara ("mental formations," impulses), vijnana (consciousness);
  3. Six dhatus (elements): pathavi (earth), apo (water), tejo (temperature), vayo (air), akasa (space), vijnana (consciousness);
  4. Twelve ayatanas, means for the arising of sense-perception and the corresponding mental cognition: the eye, ear, nose, tongue, body, and mind; and the related external objects: form, sound, smell, taste, touch, and mental objects;
  5. Eighteen dhatus (elements); the twelve ayatanas, supplemented with the six kinds of consciousness which arise when perception takes place: the visual, auditory, olfactory, gustatory, tactile, and mental consciousnesses.

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