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nir•va•na



Pronunciation: (nir-vä'nu, -van'u, nur-), [key]
n.
1. (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.
2. (often cap.) Hinduism.salvation through the union of Atman with Brahma; moksha.
3. a place or state characterized by freedom from or oblivion to pain, worry, and the external world.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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