The Sanskrit word bhava (भव) means being, worldly existence, becoming, birth, be, production, origin, but also habitual or emotional tendencies

In Buddhism, bhava is the tenth of the twelve links of Pratītyasamutpāda

It is the link between the defilements, and repeated birth, that is, reincarnation

In Thai Buddhism, bhava is also interpreted as habitual or emotional tendencies which leads to the arising of the sense of self, as a mental phenomenon