Definitions for nirvananɪrˈvɑ nə, -ˈvæn ə, nər-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

nir•va•nanɪrˈvɑ nə, -ˈvæn ə, nər-(n.)

  1. (often cap.) (in Buddhism) the final release from the cycle of reincarnations as a result of the extinction of individual passion, hatred, and delusion.

    Category: Eastern Religions

  2. (often cap.) (in Hinduism) salvation through the union of Atman with Brahma.

    Category: Eastern Religions

  3. a place or state characterized by freedom from pain and worry.

Origin of nirvana:

1830–40; < Skt nirvāṇa

nir•va′nic(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. nirvana, enlightenment(noun)

    (Hinduism and Buddhism) the beatitude that transcends the cycle of reincarnation; characterized by the extinction of desire and suffering and individual consciousness

  2. Eden, paradise, nirvana, heaven, promised land, Shangri-la(noun)

    any place of complete bliss and delight and peace

Wiktionary

  1. nirvana(Noun)

    complete cessation of suffering; a blissful state attained through realization of sunyata; enlightened experience.

  2. nirvana(Noun)

    state of paradise; heightened or great pleasure.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nirvana(noun)

    in the Buddhist system of religion, the final emancipation of the soul from transmigration, and consequently a beatific enfrachisement from the evils of wordly existence, as by annihilation or absorption into the divine. See Buddhism

Freebase

  1. Nirvana

    Nirvāṇa is an ancient Sanskrit term used in Indian religions to describe the profound peace of mind that is acquired with moksha. In shramanic thought, it is the state of being free from suffering. In Hindu philosophy, it is union with the Brahman. The word literally means "blown out" and refers, in the Buddhist context, to the imperturbable stillness of mind after the fires of desire, aversion, and delusion have been finally extinguished.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Nirvâna

    the name given to the consummation of bliss in the Hindu, but especially the Buddhist, religions, synonymous with extinction, which in the Hindu creed means the extinction of individuality by absorption in the Divine Being, and in Buddhism, not, as some presume, the extinction of existence, but the extinction of agitation of mind through the crucifixion of all passion and desire, the attainment of self-centred, self-sufficient quiescence of being, or rest and peace of soul.

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