Samsara (Skt. saṃsāra; Tib. འཁོར་བ་, khorwa, Wyl. ‘khor ba) is the cycle of conditioned existence, birth and death, which is characterized by suffering and in which one is continually reborn until attaining nirvana.
Luis Gomez has written:
- ...one should note that saṃsāra is not "cyclic" existence. The term means either wandering about or moving on without interruption, like a river current.
- The round (Matthew Kapstein)
- Luis O. Gómez, 'The Way of the Translators: Three Recent Translations of Sântideva's Bodhicaryâvatâra'. Buddhist Literature I (1999) p.314.