six sense organs ［六根］ ( shad-indriya; rokkon): Also, six sensory organs. The eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body, and mind. The contact of the six sense organs with their corresponding six objects gives rise to the six consciousnesses—sight, hearing, smell, taste, touch, and thought. In Hinayana Buddhism, the six sense organs are regarded as the source of earthly desires. The Lotus Sutra says that one can purify the workings of the six sense organs by embracing and reciting the sutra. With the six sense organs purified, one is free of attachment to and delusion about their corresponding objects—color and form, sound, odor, taste, texture, and phenomena. The Sanskrit word indriya means faculty, faculty of sense, sense organ, or power.