samsara
Pronunciation
  • (GA) IPA: /sʌmˈsɑɹə/
Noun

samsara

  1. (philosophy, religion) In Jainism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and some other eastern religions, the ongoing cycle of birth, death, and rebirth endured by human beings and all other mortal beings, and from which release is obtained by achieving the highest enlightenment.
    • 1957, S. Radhakrishnan and C. A. Moore (eds.), A Sourcebook in Indian Philosophy, Princeton Univ. Press, page 38:
      Until we are released from the law of karma and reach moksha or deliverance, we will be in samsara or the time process.
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