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The '''Four Primary Elements''' (''jungwa chenpo shyi'') are earth, water, fire and air.  
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The '''four [[primary elements]]''' (Tib. འབྱུང་བ་ཆེན་པོ་བཞི་, ''jungwa chenpo shyi'', [[Wyl.]] ''byung ba chen po bzhi'') are  
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*earth,  
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*water,  
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*fire and  
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*air.  
  
''Jungwa'' in Tibetan means to give rise, or source. They are given this name because they give rise to all that manifests—the material universe as well its inhabitants. They are called “great” (chenpo) because everything depends on them and they are present everywhere. Earth is what provides support and stability; water is the principle of cohesion; fire matures; and wind prevents decay. In addition, space is all-pervasive openness in which phenomena can take place—if it were not for space, a plant could not grow.
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*Earth is what provides support and stability;  
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*water is the principle of cohesion;  
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*fire matures; and  
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*wind prevents decay.  
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In addition, space is all-pervasive openness in which phenomena can take place—if it were not for space, a plant could not grow.
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Latest revision as of 23:16, 6 July 2018

The four primary elements (Tib. འབྱུང་བ་ཆེན་པོ་བཞི་, jungwa chenpo shyi, Wyl. byung ba chen po bzhi) are

  • earth,
  • water,
  • fire and
  • air.


  • Earth is what provides support and stability;
  • water is the principle of cohesion;
  • fire matures; and
  • wind prevents decay.

In addition, space is all-pervasive openness in which phenomena can take place—if it were not for space, a plant could not grow.