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A syllable, word, series of syllables, or short verse, usually in (or transliterated from) Sanskrit, the mere recitation of which (silently or out loud) is believed to have real power either in the world (i.e. for protection or healing) or on the body or mind (i.e. an aid in concentration or discipline); similar to a dharani but, generally speaking, a mantra is much shorter.

 

nirvana
Mahayana Buddhism
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