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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."[1]

This formation is identified as:

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.

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  1. Book icoline.svg Thupten Jinpa (editor), Ian James Coghlan (translator), Science and Philosophy in the Indian Buddhist Classics, Volume 1: The Physical World (Wisdom: 2017), 146

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