the complex SANSKRIT term which expresses the ideal in BUDDHISM. Its meaning is "blowing out" or "cooling" and is called Nibbna in PALI. Western writers sometimes describe it as annihilation although BUDDHISTS often deny as the meaning. The problem here is that Nirvna is correctly described as "the unconditioned" which means that because everything we experience is conditioned, we cannot really know the true nature of Nirvna although by MEDITATION, we may experience it.

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