'feeling', sensation, is the 2nd of the 5 groups
of existence (s. khandha II).
According to its nature, it may be divided
into 5 classes:
(1) bodily agreeable feeling (kāyikā sukhā-vedanā = sukha);
(2) bodily disagreeable feeling (kāyikā dukkhā-vedanā = dukkhā);
mentally agreeable feeling (cetasikā sukhā-vedanā = somanassa);
mentally disagreeable feeling (cetasikā dukkhā-vedanā = domanassa);
indifferent or neutral (adukkha-m-asukhā vedanā = upekkhā, q.v.).
With regard to the 6 senses, one distinguishes 6 kinds of
feeling: feeling associated with seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, bodily
contact and mental contact. The textual wording of it is 'feeling arisen
through visual contact' (cakkhu-samphassajā vedanā; S. XXII, 55; D.
Feeling is one of the 7 mental factors inseparably associated
with all consciousness whatever, s. nāma.
In the formula of the
dependent origination (paticcasamuppāda, q.v.), feeling is the condition
for the arising of craving (tanhā).
The above-mentioned 5 kinds of
feeling are enumerated amongst the 22 abilities (indriya, q.v.). -
See M.59; Contemplation of Feeling (Vedanā Samyutta), by Nyanaponika Thera