nirvana

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n nirvana any place of complete bliss and delight and peace
    • n nirvana (Hinduism and Buddhism) the beatitude that transcends the cycle of reincarnation; characterized by the extinction of desire and suffering and individual consciousness
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Nirvana 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n nirvana In Buddhism, the condition of a Buddha; the state to which the Buddhist saint is to aspire as the highest aim and highest good. Originally, doubtless, this was extinction of existence, Buddha's attempt being to show the way of escape from the miseries inseparably attached to life, and especially to life everlastingly renewed by transmigration, as held in India. But in later times this negation has naturally taken on other forms, and is explained as extinction of desire, passion, unrest, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Nirvana nir-vä′na the cessation of individual existence—the state to which a Buddhist aspires as the best attainable.
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Quotations

  • M. Scott Peck
    M. Scott Peck
    “Nirvana or lasting enlightenment or true spiritual growth can be achieved only through persistent exercise of real love.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Skr. nirvāṇa,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Sans., 'a blowing out.'

Usage

In literature:

They are transient things, I yearn for the Immortal state, Nirvana.
"The Buddha" by Paul Carus
Here in this great temple of the dead past may be seen scores of statues, showing on their countenances the peace of Nirvana.
"Wealth of the World's Waste Places and Oceania" by Jewett Castello Gilson
Crowned with lotus, show me not Nirvana's senseless bliss!
"Life Immovable" by Kostes Palamas
Seven times he dies, each time going deeper and becoming happier, and probably gains Nirvana in the end.
"Myths & Legends of our New Possessions & Protectorate" by Charles M. Skinner
To bring about this replunge into Nirvana is the goal of the world process.
"The Arena" by Various
Love is not essential to your sort of Nirvana mysticism.
"The Jessica Letters: An Editor's Romance" by Paul Elmer More
Why does the painting of any paradise or Utopia, in heaven or on earth, awaken such yawnings for nirvana and escape?
"The Will to Believe" by William James
I looked about at other people, and saw more than one sunk in a pious Nirvana.
"Home Life in Germany" by Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick
The daughters of Nirvana are shivering in their tights.
"Erdgeist (Earth-Spirit)" by Frank Wedekind
May your sleep be as the repose of Nirvana.
"The Missionary" by George Griffith
Death seals that which was already won, there is no return from the Nirvana of death to any further life.
"History of Religion" by Allan Menzies
Nirvana, the, 13, 57, 257.
"The Religious Sentiment" by Daniel G. Brinton
It is an accepted fact, a Nirvana state.
"Benign Stupors" by August Hoch
Nirvana must be cold and bright as such an eternal star-night.
"Farthest North" by Fridtjof Nansen
Not of Nirvana's state!
"Nirvana Days" by Cale Young Rice
When Kutadanta asked the Buddha "Where is Nirvana," he replied that it was "wherever the precepts are obeyed".
"The Buddhist Catechism" by Henry S. Olcott
To her it seemed a Nirvana.
"Adventures of Bindle" by Herbert George Jenkins
Despair is fine, and Nirvana is fine; but successful and useful activity is a good deal finer.
"Belcaro" by Vernon Lee
Had he reached Nirvana?
"The Mountain Girl" by Payne Erskine
John Smith was peculiar, but he was the best bass man this side of a musician's Nirvana.
"The Holes and John Smith" by Edward W. Ludwig
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In poetry:

High on the topmost thrilling of the surge
I saw, afar, two hosts to battle urge.
The widows of the victors sang a dirge,
But I wept not, Nirvana.
"Nirvana" by Sidney Lanier
Then all fair types, of form and sound and hue,
Up-floated round my sense and charmed anew.
— I waved them back into the void blue:
I love them not, Nirvana.
"Nirvana" by Sidney Lanier
Through seas of dreams and seas of phantasies,
Through seas of solitudes and vacancies,
And through my Self, the deepest of the seas,
I strive to thee, Nirvana.
"Nirvana" by Sidney Lanier
By waves swept on, I learned to ride the waves.
I served my masters till I made them slaves.
I baffled Death by hiding in his graves,
His watery graves, Nirvana.
"Nirvana" by Sidney Lanier
And once I clomb a mountain's stony crown
And stood, and smiled no smile and frowned no frown,
Nor ate, nor drank, nor slept, nor faltered down,
Five days and nights, Nirvana.
"Nirvana" by Sidney Lanier
Toward the night's Nirvana groping for the way,
Striving, ever striving to forget the day,
Waves of dreamless slumber, o'er my spirit creep!
Sleep, so dear to me,
Sleep, come near to me,
Sleep, sweet sleep!
"Wakefulness" by John Lawson Stoddard

In news:

Nirvana Reunites, Plus 10 Other Great Moments From '12-12-12'.
During the "12-12-12" Sandy benefit concert in New York City, Paul McCartney is joined onstage for a " Nirvana reunion" with former Nirvana members Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear.
Paul McCartney to front a reunited Nirvana .
McCartney to sing with Nirvana members.
Paul McCartney to front Nirvana .
Nirvana is reuniting, with Paul McCartney replacing Kurt Cobain.
Your Ticket to Home Theater Nirvana .
Dave Grohl's documentary 'Sound City' looks at Van Nuys studio where they recorded Nirvana 's 'Nevermind'.
Nirvana for longboard collectors.
He has turned snapshots of Nirvana 's 1989 European tour into a new eBook, soon to be a physical book as well.
Hey, Spike sails aboard ' Nirvana ' over to Yelapa.
Test provides coaching nirvana .
Nirvana musical won't happen.
Courtney Love is shooting down rumors that she's working on a musical depicting her love affair with Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain.
Smashed Nirvana guitar could sell for $40K.
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In science:

These calculations were performed on the Nirvana Origin 2000 Cluster at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Mapping Initial Hydrostatic Models in Godunov Codes
The results from the new AMR code NIRVANA by Ziegler (2005) confirmed the findings of Hosking & Whitworth (2004) that magnetic fields tend to stabilize the protodisk and prevent fragmentation.
Outflows and Jets from Collapsing Magnetized Cloud Cores
Recent simulations by Hosking & Whitworth (2004) (SPH) and by Ziegler (2005) (AMR, grid code NIRVANA) also point out that the influence of magnetic fields prevents fragmentation.
Outflows and Jets from Collapsing Magnetized Cloud Cores
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