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Eighteen Dhātus

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Eighteen Dhātus : The eighteen dhatus function through the five aggregates. The eighteen dhatus can be arranged into six triads, where each triad is composed of a sense organ, a sense object and sense consciousness. In regards to the aggregates:

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The dhātus grouped according to skandha

The Eighteen Dhātus
Six External Bases
(bhāya-āyatana)
Six Internal Bases
(adhyātma-āyatana)
Six Consciousness
(vijñāna)
(1) Visual Objects (rūpa-āyatana) (2) Eye Faculty (cakṣur-indriya-āyatana) (3) Visual Consciousness (cakṣur-vijñāna)
(4) Auditory Objects (çabda-āyatana) (5) Ear Faculty (śrota-indriya-āyatana) (6) Aural Consciousness (śrota-vijñāna)
(7) Olfactory Objects (gandha-āyatana) (8) Nose Faculty (ghrāṇa-indriya-āyatana) (9) Olfactory Consciousness (ghrāṇa-vijñāna)
(10) Gustatory Objects (rasa-āyatana) (11) Tongue Faculty (jihvā-indriya-āyatana) (12) Gustatory Consciousness (jihvā-vijñāna)
(13) Tactile Objects (spraṣṭavya-āyatana) (14) Body Faculty (kaya-indriya-āyatana) (15) Touch Consciousness (kaya-vijñāna)
(16) Mental Objects (dharma-āyatana) (17) Mental Faculty (mana-indriya-āyatana) (18) Mental Objects (mano-vijñāna)

The table below briefly cites Buddhist primary sources that characterize different aspects of the aggregates. This table is by no means exhaustive.

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Some references to the aggregates in Buddhist primary sources (Abbreviations: MN = Majjhima Nikaya; SN = Samyutta Nikaya; Vism = Visuddhimagga.)