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Glossary of Buddhist Terms -- N

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These are just the briefest of definitions of Buddhist terms starting with N. Click on the term for more explanation of its meaning.

Nagas are divine serpents who appear frequently in sutras and myths.

The Nembutsu is a chant of the Pure Land school.

Nirmanakaya is the physical body of a buddha, which manifests in the world to teach and save all beings.

Nirvana means "to extinguish," such as extinguishing the flame of a candle. However, this "extinguishment" is not understood by Buddhists to mean annihilation.

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