Five basic categories of knowable things

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The five basic categories of knowable things (Tib. ཤེས་བྱ་གཞི་ལྔ་, shé ja shyi nga, Wyl. shes bya gzhi lnga), according to the Vaibhashika School, are:

  1. The basic category of apparent forms (Skt. rūpa; Tib. nangwa zuk kyi shyi)
  2. The basic category of main mind (Skt. citta; Tib. tsowo sem kyi shyi)
  3. The basic category of accompanying mental events (Skt. caitta; Tib. khor semjung gi shyi)
  4. The basic category of non-concurrent formations (Skt. rūpacittaviprayuktasaṃskāra; Tib. denpar mayinpa duché kyi shyi)
  5. The basic category of the permanent and uncompounded (Skt. asaṃskṛtadharma; Tib. dumaché takpé shyi)

Alternative Translations

  • Five basic categories of reality (Thubten Jinpa, Science and Philosophy)