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ākāsa-dhātu

, f., (1) space-element, one of the six
elements
(cha-dhātuyo, q. v.) enumerated at D III
247,20; M III 31,15; 239,19; A I 176,2; Vibh 82,4;
84,26 foll. Definitions: katamaṁ taṁ rūpaṁ ~u ? yo
ākāso ākāsagataṁ . . . asamphuṭṭhaṁ catūhi mahā-
bhūtehi, idan taṁ rūpaṁ ~u, Dhs § 638 (As
325,32 foll., trsl, of Ct.: Expositor 425,3 foll.); ~û ti
asamphuṭṭhā dhātu, Ps IV 93,7 = Mp II 278,9 =
Vibh-a 55,15; ~uyā asamphuṭṭhalakkhaṇaṁ, Mp I
106,22. — Characteristics: rūpaparicchedalakkhaṇā
~u, As 326,6 = Vism 448,19 (Vism-mhṭ Se III 24,3);
~u paricchedarūpaṁ nāma, Abhidh-s 27,17 (Ct.
ākāso yeva ākāso, nijīvatthena dhātu câ ti ~u,
Abhidh-s-mhṭ Se 196,19 = Ce 1898 p. 106,10; 1933
p. 113,7, but nijjīvaṭṭhena); ~u siyā ajjhattikā siyā
bāhirā, M I 423,4 (followed by the definition of the
twofold space-element
); ~u añjaso hoti, Sv 201,12. —
~u, in a list of pañcavīsati rūpakoṭṭhāsā, Mp V
92,16. — — (2) the sky, space; gacchaṁ ~uyā ti
ākāsena gacchanto, Mp III 244,18 ad A III 34,19* =
Ja V 63,4* = Ap 27,9 (Ct. ākāsagabbhe gacchanto,
Ap-a 234,10).