sam·​sa·​ra | \ səm-ˈsär-ə How to pronounce samsara (audio) \

Definition of samsara

: the indefinitely repeated cycles of birth, misery, and death caused by karma

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Among their beliefs, Hindus believe in the doctrines of samsara, the continuous cycle of life, death and reincarnation, and karma, the universal law of cause and effect. Elaine Ingalls, The Mercury News, "Santa Cruz County company removes ‘highly inappropriate’ Lord Ganesh socks at Hindi community’s request," 30 July 2019 The gleaming white structure is an ode to Buddha's purity, as well as samsara—the cycle of birth, existence, and death—according to Atlas Obscura. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Beautiful Sacred Sites Around the World," 29 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of samsara

1886, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for samsara

Sanskrit saṁsāra, literally, passing through

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The first known use of samsara was in 1886

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