from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Buddhism The ineffable ultimate in which one has attained disinterested wisdom and compassion.
- n. Hinduism Emancipation from ignorance and the extinction of all attachment.
- n. An ideal condition of rest, harmony, stability, or joy.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. complete cessation of suffering; a blissful state attained through realization of sunyata; enlightened experience.
- n. state of paradise; heightened or great pleasure.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. In the Buddhist system of religion, the final emancipation of the soul from transmigration, and consequently a beatific enfrachisement from the evils of worldly existence, as by annihilation or absorption into the divine. See Buddhism.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Buddhism, the condition of a Buddha; the state to which the Buddhist saint is to aspire as the highest aim and highest good.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (Hinduism and Buddhism) the beatitude that transcends the cycle of reincarnation; characterized by the extinction of desire and suffering and individual consciousness
- n. any place of complete bliss and delight and peace
What makes it worth it here, in what A Geography of Oysters author Rowan Jacobsen calls Washington's "oyster nirvana," is the belief that these waters, and these skilled farmers, have something singular to offer shellfish gourmets.
I later became a news producer, justifying my super nerdy television viewing habits and was in nirvana surrounded by the chaos of the control room.
Only 36 percent knew that nirvana is a state of being free from suffering and is an aim of Buddhism.
Maybe we should make the word nirvana into a verb itself: "When there is no you in connection with that, you nirvana."
Because here the non-attainment of nirvana is not a punishment -- it's a natural consequence.
That said, the nirvana is really to pull together my Writely documents, Zoho spreadsheets plus my Trumba calendar appointments, Gmail emails, etc.
The terms nirvana with residue and nirvana without residue do not apply to Buddhas.
Nevertheless there has been much controversy regarding the meaning of the terms nirvana; samadhi; dai zikaku, etc. -- words expressing the condition which we are considering under the phrase cosmic consciousness.
Yet, while all these things afflicted the nations of the West, and seemed to foreshadow the decline or destruction of the human species, the wild mountains of Northern India, now overrun by savages more fierce than those who sacked Rome, were occupied by a placid people, thriving, industrious, and intelligent; devoting their lives to the attainment of that serene annihilation which the word nirvana expresses.
Not only does it rhyme with nirvana, it's also a Sanskrit word for a yoga posture to