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Translations of
भाव, bhāva
English becoming, coming to be, experience
Pali भाव, bhāva
Sanskrit भाव, bhāva
Burmese ဘာဝ
(IPA: [bàwa̰])
Mon ဘာဝ
is one of the

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Bhava is the continuity of life and death, conditioned upon "grasping" (upādāna), the desire for further life and sensation. This bhava is the condition for the arising of living beings in particular forms, through the process of birth (jāti).

Bhava is identified as the tenth of the Twelve links of dependent origination.

In the Jātakas, in which the Buddha didactically reminds various followers of experiences they shared with him in a past life, the hearers are said not to remember them due to bhava, i.e. to having been reborn.[1]

See also


  1. Caroline A.F. Rhys Davids, Stories of the Buddha (Being Selections from the Jātakas), 1989, Dover Publications, Introduction, pp. xix, also see pp. 2,6,11,etc.
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