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Sensation (Skt. vedanā; Tib. ཚོར་བ་, tsorwa, Wyl. tshor ba) is the second of the five skandhas.

In Abhidharma literature, sensation also appears in the list of fifty-one mental states, in the subgroup of five ever-present mental states.

Sensation also appears seventh in the list of the twelve nidanas.


In the Khenjuk, Mipham Rinpoche writes:

  • Tib. ཚོར་བ་ནི་ཉམས་སུ་མྱོང་བའི་མཚན་ཉིད་ཅན་ནོ།
  • Sensation has the characteristic of experience. (▷RIGPA)
  • Sensations are defined as impressions (Erik Pema Kunsang)


Sensations linked to the five sense faculties can be either pleasant, unpleasant or neutral, making a total of 15 types of sensations. When pleasant, unpleasant and neutral mental sensations are added, that makes a total of 18 types of sensations.

Alternative Translations

  • feeling (▷PKT, David Karma Choepel, Gyurme Dorje, Berzin)
  • feeling a level of happiness (Berzin)
  • feeling-tone (▷HVG)