What is the destination (rebirth) of a person with Vibhava Tanha?

There are three kinds of Tanha. (Kama, Bhava, Vibhava) some description of Vibhava Tanha:

“And how do some slip right past? Some, feeling horrified, humiliated, & disgusted with that very becoming, relish non-becoming: ‘When this self, at the break-up of the body, after death, perishes & is destroyed, and does not exist after death, that is peaceful, that is exquisite, that is sufficiency!’ This is how some slip right past.

Itivuttaka 49

See also What is Vibhava Tanha? (on Dhamma Wheel).


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yes there is not much on Vibhava Tanha in the suttas. The term Vibhava Tanha always appear without any detail.https://suttacentral.net/define/vibhava Perhaps the closest you get is the dimension of nothing or perception-nonperpcetion like here https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.106.than.html

today some people say that Vibhava Tanha was added because puthujjanas managed to think that a lack of bhava Tanha means idolizing suicide, so they countered that with the lack of the formal opposite of bhava tanha, which is Vibhava Tanha...

  • while this answer was astute to identify MN 106, i marked it down because it appears MN 106 does not refer to vibhava tanha. If this answer includes some relevant quotes, i might change my view of it. Feb 27, 2019 at 11:54

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