Sabhāgatā [alt. sabhāga] (T. skal mnyam) - is defined in the Sanskrit Abhidharma tradition as a subtance that "causes the similarity of conduct, thought, and characteristics within sentient beings."
This formation is identified as:
- one of the fourteen non-concurrent formations of the Abhidharma-kosa
- one of the twenty-four non-concurrent formations of the Gateway to Knowledge
In the abhidharma tradition of the Vaibhāṣika school, non-concurrent formations are understood as substantially existent entities. In the Sautrantika Abhidharma and in the Higher Abhidharma traditions, these formations are understood as imputations that arise from the mind.
Translations of this term into English
- homogeneity (Skt. sabhāga) (Ian James Coghlan, Science and Philosophy in the Indian Buddhist Classics)
- homogeneity (Skt. sabhāgatā) (Buswell, Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism)
- same class or similar status (Erik Pema Kunsang, Gateway to Knowledge)