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The Sanskrit word nirvāṇa (in Pali, nibbāna) denotes the goal of Buddhist practice. The one who realizes the redeeming insight, and therewith nirvana, has been delivered from the conceptualization of an abiding ego, and has overcome greed, hatred, and delusion. For the redeemed person, there is no new karma, and no more reincarnation. The Pali Canon has little to say about nirvana. It is mostly described in negations: it has not come to be, it is imperishable, not born, deathless, neither a coming nor…

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Holzapfel, Kirsten, “Nirvana”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 01 March 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223

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