To most of the questions about Nibbana, the easiest answer is "Avijja".
- But what exactly this Avijja? Improper attention, ignorance?
- What are we ignoring, and then what's the fact that we should not ignore or we should look in the world?
- How can we uproot it?
I know Avijja can be easily answered in few words (e.g. with definitions, or some other synonyms) -- but why I'm asking this question is, it says that uprooting Avijja is the path to Enlightenment.
If we take an example:
- If someone "ask how to be a mathematician?", an answer would be (I'm limiting the answer set in a way to explain the question), "you need to learn addition / subtraction, integration, differentiation, etc."
- So what I'm asking is like "how to be enlightened?", an answer is "uproot the
- So now I'm asking "what is
Avijja?" like "what is addition?".
- I'm not expecting an answer like "the action or process of adding something to something else." Instead I'm expecting an answer like, how it is taught to us in elementary school (like using Abacus). Because for Buddhism most of us are like children -- if not we are Arhat by now.
Please I just try to explain the answer with these stories, but not to offend anyone. With Metta, I'm expecting a detailed answer from the wise people in the community.