Sentient beings

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Sentient beings (Skt. sattva; Tib. sem chen; Wyl. sems can) — all inhabitants of the three realms of samsara who possess a mind and transmigrate within the six classes of beings. Animate things, such as plants, which do not have a mind, are not 'sentient'.

Alternative Translations

  • limited beings (Alexander Berzin)