dbang po

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faculty (in reference to the eye, etc., life-force, feelings, male & female faculties, etc.) DKC

senses, controlling powers, capacity, sense (faculties, power, organs), inclinations & abilities, intellectual (capacity, powers), acumen, 1 of 27 coincidences in astrology, SA sbyor ba nyer bdun, powerful, the mighty one, ruler, lord, sovereign, divine rulers, indra, male genitals [JV]

1) organ, sense organ, - faculty, the senses, Indra, faculties. 2) intelligence, intellectual capacity, - faculty, degree of intelligence, capability, mental capacity. 3) king, possessed of power, dominion, lord, ruler, leader, Indra. 4) mighty, powerful, majestic. 5) 3) Ishvara, [the 11th year, the Female Fire Ox] [RY]

1) chief, lord, king, 1 possessed of power, dominion, lord, ruler, leader; 2) support of consciousness, [sense] organ/ faculties, the senses; 3) good understanding; 4) E; 5) five * Indra; 6) intelligence, intellectual capacity, degree of intelligence, [mental] capability/ capacity, Ishvara; 7) the 11th year, the female fire ox; 8) mighty, powerful, majestic, the supreme [IW]

1) chief, lord, king, 1 possessed of power, dominion, lord, ruler, leader; 2) support of consciousness, [sense] organ/ faculties, the senses; 3) good understanding; 4) E; 5) five [from the five senses] Indra (6) intelligence, intellectual capacity, degree of intelligence, [mental] capability/ capacity, Ishvara (7) the 11th year, the female fire ox (8) mighty, powerful, majestic, the supreme [IW]

faculty, lord [thd]

faculty/ ability, capacity; Indra/ Lords; sense faculty, intellectual capacity, "indriya" Skt.; (sensory) faculty; (level of) acumen; controlling power; faculties [RY]

sense faculty (level of) acumen/ acuity/ sensibility/ sensitivity/ capacity; isc. intellect; controlling power; faculty; [acc. to Lama Drimed's preference, use "acuity" for lower yanas and "acumen" for Dzogchen] [RB]

senses; x dbang po bag yangs su bzhag let your senses be naturally at ease [RY]

sense faculty [RY]

Discussion

There are twenty-two faculties: the five sense faculties of eye, ear, nose, tongue, and body; the mind faculty; the faculty of life-force; the male and female faculties, the five feelings of pleasure, suffering, mental pleasure, mental unhappiness, and neutral; the five of faith, diligence, mindfulness, samadhi, full knowing; and the three undefiled of producing all-knowing, all-knowing, and having all-knowing.

The faculties are characterized as that which exercises exclusive power over something--for instance, the eye faculty exercises exclusive power over seeing, the ear faculty over hearing, etc.

The Treasury Auto Commentary explains the word as follows: "What is the meaning of faculty (indrīya)? you ask. Power (indra) is the exalted Great Indra. Exercising power over that, they are faculties. For that reason, the meaning of exercising power is the meaning of faculty."

Some translators suggest dbang po should be translated as "sense basis" or "sense faculty," but these terms do not encompass all of the faculties. DKC