Anyone has pictures or videos link illustrate as subject refers

  • @Wayne97 Nirvana looks like Tathagata. Sep 4 '20 at 10:57
  • @sacrificialEquation I m sorry that english is not my first language, tell me what are the grammar issue..
    – Wayne97
    Sep 4 '20 at 14:57
  • U r referring to this question or ? How horrible ? Intention of this ques is I m able to answer in case someone ask me verbally
    – Wayne97
    Sep 4 '20 at 15:27
  • Just click a vote down n put your reason here but be specific my friend else I dont know how to improve next time
    – Wayne97
    Sep 4 '20 at 15:28
  • Let us continue this discussion in chat.
    – Wayne97
    Sep 5 '20 at 1:46

A picture is a composition of things.

Now a "composition" of things is what I'd call a sankhara -- and all sankharas are observed to be impermanent -- which more or less the opposite of nibbana.

So for a "picture of nibbana" you'd have to take away the composition ... and maybe those "things" as well, unless you're trying to depict the "nibbana is samsara" kind of point of view.

In the Zen tradition a way to portray it might be the Ensō.

You also get people saying that describing enlightenment is like "pointing at the moon" (where "the moon" represents enlightenment), the problem being that the audience is only aware of "the finger" (doing the pointing), not the moon.

Another famous metaphor about nibbana's not being constructed is Dhp 154:

O house-builder, you are seen! You will not build this house again. For your rafters are broken and your ridgepole shattered. My mind has reached the Unconditioned; I have attained the destruction of craving.

Another quote seems to be relevant too -- a "picture" is light which lands on something and provides a place for consciousness (e.g. site-consciousness) to dwell. Conversely SN 12.64 uses this metaphor:

Just as if there were a roofed house or a roofed hall having windows on the north, the south, or the east. When the sun rises, and a ray has entered by way of the window, where does it land?"

"On the western wall, lord."

"And if there is no western wall, where does it land?"

"On the ground, lord."

"And if there is no ground, where does it land?"

"On the water, lord."

"And if there is no water, where does it land?"

"It does not land, lord."

"In the same way, where there is no passion for the nutriment of physical food... contact... intellectual intention... consciousness, where there is no delight, no craving, then consciousness does not land there or increase. Where consciousness does not land or increase, there is no alighting of name-&-form. Where there is no alighting of name-&-form, there is no growth of fabrications. Where there is no growth of fabrications, there is no production of renewed becoming in the future. Where there is no production of renewed becoming in the future, there is no future birth, aging, & death. That, I tell you, has no sorrow, affliction, or despair.


Nibbana is not a place. For a living Arahant, the Nibbana is a mental state until Parinibbana. This a question unanswered as it can not be defined using conditioned reality.


There is a very interesting Zen story here from the Mumonkan about this (shit stick)

In other words, nibbana looks exactly like everyday in all its aspects. But the craving, aversion and delusion are gone. And you can't take a video of the absence of wishes.

The importance of the shit stick story is that it challenges us to accept the unrepulsive in the repulsive. It provides balance.

SN46.54:12.3: If they wish: ‘May I meditate perceiving the repulsive in the unrepulsive,’ that’s what they do.

SN46.54:12.4: If they wish: ‘May I meditate perceiving the unrepulsive in the repulsive,’ that’s what they do.

  • any particular meaning that u are using stick and not others to describe Nibbana as related to daily aspect?
    – Wayne97
    Sep 5 '20 at 1:46
  • Yes. It is a critical factor. I've added comment above with sutta quotes. Thank you.
    – OyaMist
    Sep 5 '20 at 12:48
  • Great.. to be balanced . Thanks @OyaMist
    – Wayne97
    Sep 6 '20 at 11:14
  • Be Water by Bruce Lee - definitely I will not follow his footage and overtrain myself as I am a Shaolin Martial Arts practitioner too. Be Balance --》I have some common interest too like u in gardening. Let me play some ferderlizer(shit) in Gardening to give me a pause n holiday on seeking on higher wisdom in Religion Study. Let me know if I have interpreted your message correctly
    – Wayne97
    Sep 7 '20 at 8:42
  • May you find peace and equanimity.
    – OyaMist
    Sep 7 '20 at 12:04

Exactly like the image of liberation or a movie on peace, good householder. Already seen?

[Note that this isn't given for stacks, exchange, other world-binding trades, but for release from it]


There is a way by which Nirvana can be represented. Imagine water falling on colocasia leaves. Water does not cling to the leaves. That is how Nibbana looks like. Here is a video for your help : colocasia leaves

  • nice white noise effect video. Base on what for this answer? I still have a horrible question for ya in the chat roon my friend
    – Wayne97
    Sep 5 '20 at 9:14
  • Based on knowledge. Not clinging to the five aggregates is Nirvana... Sep 5 '20 at 9:17

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