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samsara

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Pronunciation: /sʌmˈsɑːrə
 
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Definition of samsara in English:

noun

Hinduism & Buddhism
1The material world.
Example sentences
  • His insight was that the world, samsara, is characterized by suffering; its endless cycle of death and rebirth perpetuated by ignorance.
  • They will wander in samsara forever until they finally become fully enlightened.
  • You cannot simply leap to the transcendent, so we have to have the real world, the world of samsara.
1.1 [mass noun] The cycle of death and rebirth to which life in the material world is bound.
Example sentences
  • They are not like the inhabitants of the realm of the gods, who are still within samsara, the cycle of death and rebirth.
  • They accept the religion's basic concepts of dharma, samsara, karma, and ahimsa.
  • The world we live in, in the Buddhist context, is called samsara, a world of birth and death, of arising and passing away, where nothing happens unless conditions come together to bring it about.

Origin

from Sanskrit saṃsāra.

Derivatives

samsaric

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • In the first stage of our spiritual journey, we look at the existence of our samsaric body and samsaric world as unclean, as something to abandon or renounce.
  • An artist drew the images according to the Buddha's instructions, illustrating the whole realm of samsaric existence from which we seek liberation.
  • We have for many, many lifetimes been caught up in the samsaric existence because of fascination with our habitual patterns, and are compelled for this reason to continue the patterns in the same way that we had in the past.

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