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moksha vs. nirvana

[ mohk-shuh ]
  1. freedom from the differentiated, temporal, and mortal world of ordinary experience.
[ nir-vah-nuh, -van-uh, ner- ]
  1. freedom from the endless cycle of personal reincarnations, with their consequent suffering, as a result of the extinction of individual passion, hatred, and delusion: attained by the Arhat as his goal but postponed by the Bodhisattva.
  2. salvation through the union of Atman with Brahma; moksha.
  3. a place or state characterized by freedom from or oblivion to pain, worry, and the external world.

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