Definition of nirvana in English:

nirvana

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Pronunciation: /nɪəˈvɑːnə
 
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noun

[mass noun]
1(In Buddhism) a transcendent state in which there is neither suffering, desire, nor sense of self, and the subject is released from the effects of karma and the cycle of death and rebirth. It represents the final goal of Buddhism.
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  • The fundamental teaching of the Buddha is the four dharma seals: impermanence, no-self, suffering and nirvana, or peace.
  • Transcendental concepts like Buddhahood and nirvana may well represent our ultimate goal, but we will never become a Buddha by ignoring our immediate human condition.
  • The answer to the problem of suffering does not lie in a better rebirth in the cycle of reincarnation - only nirvana offers a final solution.
Synonyms
paradise, heaven, Eden, the promised land; bliss, blessedness, ecstasy, joy, peace, serenity, tranquillity; enlightenment, oblivion
1.1 another term for moksha.
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  • And they call liberation moksha and not nirvana as suggested by the author.
  • They alone are allowed to touch the Linga because they have received the proper initiations, especially the nirvana diksha.
1.2An ideal or idyllic state or place: the days of socialist nirvana in Europe are over
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  • But we have to operate in the real world, not some socialist nirvana that simply does not work.
  • It was a beautiful dream, a path to digital nirvana we had all hoped for but never dared to expect.
  • For about two decades, it seemed to many that a new national nirvana, an alternative to revolutionary socialist internationalism, had been discovered.

Origin

from Sanskrit nirvāṇa, from nirvā 'be extinguished', from nis 'out' + vā- 'to blow'.

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