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Bhava is the Sanskrit and Pāli word for "becoming" in the sense of 'ongoing worldly existence', from the root bhū "to become".
- 有 Cn: yǒu; Jp: u; Vi: hữu
- Tibetan: srid.pa
In Buddhism, bhava means 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 the tenth of the Twelve Nidānas, the links in the cycle of Pratītyasamutpāda or Dependent Arising.
Bhava (Becoming) is dependent on upādāna (clinging) as a condition before it can exist.
- "With clinging as condition, becoming arises".
Bhava is also the prevailing condition for the next condition in the chain, Birth (jāti).
- "With becoming as condition, birth arises."
- Rebirth (Buddhism)
- Twelve Nidanas
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