- final release from the cycle of reincarnation attained by extinction of all desires and individual existence, culminating (in Buddhism) in absolute blessedness, or (in Hinduism) in absorption into Brahman
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- Eastern Religions[often: Nirvana] (in Buddhism ) the final release from the cycle of being reborn again, that comes as a result of the ending of individual passion and hatred;
- a place or state in which there is freedom from pain and worry.
- (often cap.) Pali,nibbana. [Buddhism.]freedom from the endless cycle of personal reincarnations, with their consequent suffering, as a result of the extinction of individual passion, hatred, and delusion: attained by the Arhat as his goal but postponed by the Bodhisattva.
- (often cap.)[Hinduism.]salvation through the union of Atman with Brahma;
- a place or state characterized by freedom from or oblivion to pain, worry, and the external world.
- Sanskrit nirvāṇa