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Five elements

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Five elements (Tib. jungwa nga; Wyl. 'byung ba lnga) — the outer elements that constitute all matter. They are:

  • earth (Skt. pṛthivī; Wyl. sa)
  • water (Skt. ab; Wyl. chu)
  • fire (Skt. tejas; Wyl. me)
  • air (or wind) (Skt. vāyu; Wyl. rlung) and
  • space (Skt. ākāśa; nam mkha' )

These outer elements interact with the inner elements within our own physical body, and the potential and quality of these five elements also exist within our mind.

Mind’s ability to serve as the ground for all experience is the quality of earth; its continuity and adaptability is water; its clarity and capacity to perceive is fire; its continuous movement is air; and its unlimited emptiness is space.

In Vajrayana

In the Vajrayana the five elements are perceived as the five female buddhas or five mothers:

  1. Buddhalochana (Tib. Sangyé chenma) the consort of Akshobhya, who represents the purity of the element earth
  2. Mamaki (Tib. Mamaki) the consort of Ratnasambhava, who represents the purity of the element water
  3. Pandaravasini (Tib. Gökarmo) the consort of Amitabha, who represents the purity of the element fire
  4. Samayatara (Tib. Damtsik Drolma) also known as Green Tara, the consort of Amoghasiddhi, who represents the purity of the element wind
  5. Dhatvishvari (Tib. Ying Chukma) also known as Vajra Datvishvari or White Tara, the consort of Vairochana, who represents the purity of the element space

Further Reading

Source

RigpaWiki:Five elements