noun, nir·va·na often capitalized \nir-ˈvä-nə, (ˌ)nər-\

: the state of perfect happiness and peace in Buddhism where there is release from all forms of suffering

: a state or place of great happiness and peace

Full Definition of NIRVANA

:  the final beatitude that transcends suffering, karma, and samsara and is sought especially in Buddhism through the extinction of desire and individual consciousness
a :  a place or state of oblivion to care, pain, or external reality; also :  bliss, heaven
b :  a goal hoped for but apparently unattainable :  dream
nir·van·ic \-ˈvä-nik, -ˈva-\ adjective

Origin of NIRVANA

Sanskrit nirvāṇa, literally, act of extinguishing, from nis- out + vāti it blows — more at wind
First Known Use: 1801

Other Religion (Eastern and Other) Terms

Zen, antinomian, avatar, gnosticism, illuminati, ineffable, karma, koan, mantra


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