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Sensation (Skt. vedanā; Tib. ཚོར་བ་, Wyl. tshor ba, tsorwa) — one of the fifty-one mental states defined in Abhidharma literature. It belongs to the subgroup of five ever-present mental states. Sensation is also the second of the five skandhas and the seventh of the twelve nidanas.


From Mipham Rinpoche's Khenjuk


Alternative Translations

  • feeling (▷PKT, David Karma Choepel, Gyurme Dorje)
  • feeling-tone (▷HVG)[1] (Tony Duff)


  1. Tony Duff explains: "Although the standard translation of tshor ba has been "feeling" for many years now, there is a fault with this. As Herbert V. Guenther pointed out, it is more that there is a "tone" of mind that occurs regarding the perceived object. For this reason he translated it as "feeling-tone". Given the meaning of the term "sensation" is probably more accurate and should be considered in place of "feeling".