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Buddhist Dictionary by NYANATILOKA MAHATHERA
rūpa-kalāpa:'corporeal group',material unit,designates a combination of several physical phenomena constituting a temporary unity.Thus,for instance,the so-called 'dead matter' forms the most primitive group,consisting only of 8 physical phenomena,called the 'pure eightfold unit' or 'octad' (suddhaṭṭhakakalāpa),to wit:the 4 elements (the solid,fluid,heat,motion); colour,smell,taste,nutriment (paṭhavīāpotejovāyovaṇṇagandharasaojā).In Vis.M.,and elsewhere,it is also called ojatthamaka-kalāpa,'the octad with nutriment as the 8th factor'.

The simplest form of living matter is the '9-fold vitality unit' or 'life-ennead' (jīvita-navaka-kalāpa),formed by adding 'vitality' to the octad.Seven decades,or units of ten (dasaka-kalāpa),are formed by adding to the 9-fold unit one of the following corporeal phenomena:heart (physical seat of mind),sex,eye,ear,nose,tongue or body.- See Vis.M.XVIII,4; Compendium of Buddhist Philosophy (PTS),p.164,250; Aṭṭhasālinī Tr.,II,413f.

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