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As it was explained to me, dhatu means something like "aspect" or "tier". Meaning, it's a cross-cutting principle found in a whole that's delineated when you analytically disect the whole in a particular way. So, when you analyze experience, you may delineate "the visual aspect" - present across many rather different experiences. When you analyze external ...


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I think that MN 140 for example says that "earth" refers to anything hard and solid. And what is the earth element? The earth element may be interior or exterior. And what is the interior earth element? Anything hard, solid, and organic that’s internal, pertaining to an individual. This includes head hair, body hair, nails, teeth, skin, flesh, sinews, ...


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The word "kaya" appears to be used in various ways in the suttas. It can mean: "Physical body", such as in Kimsuka Sutta & Assutavā Sutta, as follows: ‘City’ is a term for this body made up of the four primary elements, produced by mother and father, built up from rice and porridge, liable to impermanence, to wearing away and erosion, to ...


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