January 01, 2014

རྣམས། རྣམ་པ།

According to Beyer 1991: 232, rnams (which is called there a “selector” which is to be distinguished from a “plural”) is said to be etymologically connected with rnam pa (“piece, part, section, item, instalment, individual”). It seems plausible, but does rnam pa here not also mean “type/kind” or “fold/form/aspect”?

For a discussion of the use of rnams as a substantive (i.e. x gyi rnams), see Hahn 2006: 15–19. But note that such a use is found only in a what seems to be badly made translation and hence it can hardly be said to reflect a proper use of the Tibetan particle rnams.

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