'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:
With regard to the 6 senses, one distinguishes 6 kinds of feeling: feeling associated with seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, bodily impression and mental impression. The textual wording of it is 'feeling arisen through visual contact' (cakkhu-samphassajā vedanā; S. XXII, 55; D. 22), etc.
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 faculties (indriya, q.v.). -
See M.59; Contemplation of Feeling (Vedanā Samyutta), by Nyanaponika Thera (WHEEL 303/304).