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Nirvāṇa (Sanskrit: निर्वाण; Pali: निब्बान nibbāna ; Prakrit: णिव्वाण) literally means "blown out", as in a candle. In the Buddhist context nirvana refers to the imperturbable stillness of mind after the fires of desire, aversion, and delusion have been extinguished.

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What is the difference between the path to nibanna and the path to higher planes?

From what i understand, moha - loba - dosa - ( greed, hatred, attachment, delusion...) are mind qualities and actions that strengthen samsara and are the path to lower rebirth. The opposite is also ...
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Buddhism broke up my marriage

The title is provocative but sums up my problem: when I am immersed in Buddhist thought, I can no longer love my wife. Buddhism clearly contradicts romantic love. It tolerates it up to a certain ...
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Nature of rebirth

I want to understand the nature of rebirth. If one says that the next rebirth would depend on the degree of identification, does that mean that if I am not identified with body I will be reborn ...
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About suffering, expectations and unfalsifiable beliefs

I've been wondering if it's possible to "progress" towards enlightenment if one has certain set of beliefs which may (or may not) be false (or illogical), but which do not generate conflict between ...
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How to find an appropriate sex partner for a sakadagami?

Is it true that sakadagami can have sex that is pure so between a wife and husband. how can one gain the attention of a wise man who intends to marry and upholds The Way of Noble Ones.
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How could the Buddha know that he had attained enlightenment when he didn't know what it was?

Having learned and gained complete mastery from the two most famous teachers of his time, he decided to apply extreme austerities for some six years. With these skills acquired, driving a powerful ...
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Do Mahayana Buddhists explain birth and extinction in the same way?

Nirvana is the extinction of rebirth, and birth is its arising. Right? Is the debate throughout Buddhism on the "difference" between samsara and nirvana one of how to explain, rather than describe or ...
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Is being conscious of actions' consequences enough to attain nibbana?

I apologize if this has an answer on this site or if this does not make any sense. I am wondering if being conscious alone is enough to attain nibbana? If not, why? I think conscious person will (...
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Nirvana and the six heavens in the 31 realms

In Buddhism there are six levels of heavens in the 31 different realms . These are ranged from the lowest heaven up to the highest heaven . Then , what is Nirvana ? , Is Nirvana the seventh heaven ? ...
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Is Buddhist practice a form of suicide?

I don't presume to understand Buddhism very well, but I'm trying to increase my understanding of the Dhamma, so please don't take what I write the wrong way. I'm not being disrespectful, because even ...
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Enlightend beings don't make more good or neutral karma?

Does a Buddha or Arahant not make good or neutral karma? If somehow an enlightened one does make karma does it immediately come to a result? Are all the actions enlightened beings do the result(...
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Nirvana & the fall of the 5 Hinderances

What more is Nirvana than the perminant fall of The Five Hinderances? Could one perform bad karma with all the hinderances eradicated? What about neutral or even good karma?
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Is this just a logic or experience about mind(reality)?

While doing self enquiry kind of meditation(also doing vipassana) there is feel of understanding/experience/logic that make myself convinced(but not strongly) that "me" is not the thoughts or the body ...
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What does Anusaya Kilesa means? How to remove them completely?

(2000 years old Buddhist cave near my village) Anusaya kilesa is lying dormant karmic influence after attaining Nirvana. I am putting various views as under; SN goenka told in his speech that it ...
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Purpose of cessation or Nirvana!

What is the purpose or cause of cessation or extinction or Nirvana. Did Buddha ever talk about it? For example, see how SN 23.1 ends: “But sir, what is the purpose of extinguishment?” “Your ...
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What are the differences between joy (piti), bliss (sukha) and peace (santi) and how do the qualities relate to Nibbana?

This is a follow-on to this question What's the connection or difference between joy (piti), and the "bliss" (sukha) and peace (santi) of Nibbana? Is one required to seek joy to attain Nibbana? Why?...
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Is Nibbana joyful or not joyful?

I have noticed that it seems Nibbana has been described as "the peaceful". I have had the impression that Nibbana is neither joyful nor delightful. Is my impression correct?
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Nirvana is the ground layer underneath them all

According to this answer: Nirvana is the ground layer ("dhatu") underneath them all. ... Nirvana is this most fundamental law (the formula, the rule, the program) according to which the ...
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What is the physics of the 'phenomena' of Nirvana?

Although a lot has been said and written on the internet about Nirvana, the physics behind it seems to be an obscure and elusive area. Human experience seems to be summed up in five-skandhas, ...
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How can there be knowledge of unconditioned phenomenon without any knower?

It's strongly maintained by almost all Buddhists that there is no ultimate permanent knower. They maintain Nirvana is unconditioned phenomenon. My question is then, who knows there is an existence of ...
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Re-orientation in my practice from Advaita to Buddhism

I have been studying Advaita Vedanta for some time now. I never really understood that Everything was conciousness and that consciousness is not a by product of my brain nor inside my mind and could ...
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I had a no-self experience, why is it a good state?

I've been meditating for about 4 months without (seemingly) getting somewhere up till about 2 weeks ago when something clicked for me after watching some interviews and talks from Gary Weber and ...
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Could unwholesome craving cause the wholesome desire for enlightenment?

From this question, we see answers stating that one has the wholesome desire for enlightenment, and not craving for enlightenment. In this question, we read about the difference between desire (chanda)...
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Why is Nibbana referred to as “The destination and the path leading to the destination”?

Why is Nibbana referred to as "The destination and the path leading to the destination" ? What does this mean? Is it referring to the cessation of defilements? Is it referring to anything other ...
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What is Bodhicitta?

What is Bodhicitta? I recall reading that the "power" of it is what ends up making someone a Bodhisattva or Buddha. So my specific question is whether it is nirvana, and if it is qualitative, felt ...
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is dependent origination akaliko and Nibbana

I heard from a Monk that dependent origination is akaliko or timeless what did he exactly mean with that. Is Nibbana outside of time and space and could you explain how and why if it is. Is the ...
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Do enlightened people “know” what nirvana is like?

Do enlightened people "know" what nirvana is like? Obviously, they can't express it to anyone else, so the question isn't super helpful. I just wondered whether nirvana is a thing that we can know as ...
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How to identify Pada Parama Persons?

As preached by Buddha there are four types of people in the world, they are ugghaṭitaññū, vipañcitaññū, neyya and padaparama. The last person is definition is here. Can anyone please guide me how how ...
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The World and Five Aggregates of Clinging

As I've heard, the "world" referred by Buddha (mentioned in the Loka Sutta and in Samyutta Nikaya - 4 -> LokaSamudaya Sutta) is the same as "Five Aggregates of Clinging" (Five-Updana-Skandas). That's ...
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What is exactly Avijja — and how to uproot it?

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 ...
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What is the Reason for Noble Dukkha and How? [duplicate]

The direct answer to this question is attachment (upadana). To be more specific my question is how attachment become the cause for the Noble Dukkha? Eg: If I like a car, its an attachment. And how ...
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Has any Buddhist ever talked about postponing Buddhahood forever, but not for all sentient beings?

Has any Buddhist ever talked about postponing Buddhahood forever, but not for all sentient beings? I do not, I suppose, mean because the "bodhisattva" enjoys life. I am trying to ask about "...
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I am confused about certain things, I really hope some kind person can help

What is the view of Buddhism on time and space does it exist?? In Advaita they say time and space do not exist at all. Advaita says that there is only the universal conciousness and all the objects ...
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Is it possible for absolutely everyone to attain enlightenment?

As seen in the title of this question, I'm not sure whether everyone is able to attain enlightenment. As far as my study and introspective analysis have shown to me, it seems that in order to uproot ...
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What prevents us from attaining Nibbana?

What prevents us from attaining Nibbana? Is it the ignorance or the craving? So, what should we focus on, in order to attain Nibbana? Is it uprooting the craving or uprooting the ignorance? Because ...
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Is Nibbana a state of mind or an element (dhamma)?

I have four parts of this question, Is Nibbana a state of mind or a dhamma? If Nibbana is a state of mind, is it merely the uprooting of craving? If the answer for the second question is "Yes", then ...
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Is nibbana eternal?

Arising dhamma is ceasing dhamma so much as ceasing dhamma is arising dhamma as well. What does this mean? The answer should be nibbana is not eternal either. I'm asking about the Pali in this quote ...
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Does Buddhism give methods to ask questions when you are proliferating?

From What is the Buddhist view in Socratic questioning?, I get that it is important to ask questions to get out of sufferings. However, when we are getting stuck it is very difficult to realize that ...
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Does Nibbana lie within The All or not?

The Sabba Sutta (SN 35.23) (trans. Thanissaro) states: The Blessed One said, "What is the All? Simply the eye & forms, ear & sounds, nose & aromas, tongue & flavors, body & ...
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Why can't we reason or logic our way to NIrvana?

I have read at various places that Nirvana can't be described or reached by logic or reason. ONLY meditation is the way. Why is that so? thanks in advance.
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Sutras says that there is nothing to attain: but is there a beginning to attaining nirvana?

Sutras says that there is nothing to attain: but is there a beginning to attaining nirvana? See e.g. the heart sutra No suffering, no origination, no stopping, no path, no cognition, also no ...
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Difference between abiding nirvana and non-abiding nirvana?

In Mahayana Buddhism, what is the difference between abiding nirvana and non-abiding nirvana? Are there official Sanskrit terms for "abiding nirvana" and "non-abiding nirvana"? What are they? When a ...
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Do all Buddhists say that nirvana exists?

Do all Buddhists say that nirvana exists? I can't believe I don't know the answer to that question, the amount I've read about Buddhism. Off the top of my head, some say it has svabhava, those that ...
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How does an arahant know that ignorance won't return/re-arise after death?

The earlier aspects that now seem less relevant imo: ---How can it be known that ignorance won't return/re-arise and why won't it return/re-arise if there is no consciousness after death? ---...
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Why is Nibbanna unconditioned if it's dependent on mind & brain [closed]

Often it is said that nibbana is unconditioned, but nibbana is definitely dependent on other conditions. Also, according to modern psychology nothing can be 'eliminated' (greed, hatred and delusion in ...
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Regarding Nicca and Anicca natures of Avidya and Prajna

If Tanha (Craving) is caused by Avidya (Ignorance), and Avidya is originated and sustained by Tanha, then the origination of Avidya is part of a recursive cycle with no beginning. Yet Prajna (Wisdom) (...
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How is one supposed to be compassionate and 100% free of suffering while others are suffering?

How is this possible besides if one simply doesn't mind if others are suffering? But if one truly doesn't mind whether others are suffering or not isn't that a lack of compassion? Is one supposed to ...
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Possibility of nothing but all-encompassing, absolute Nibbana without Samsara? If so, is sustainability possible (and how)?

Is nothing but all-encompassing, absolute Nibbana without Samsara possible? If so, is sustainability possible (and how)?
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Is ending up in hell at some point in time inevitable for those beings who are not Stream-Entrants?

I have seen this a few times in various places, although I haven't read it in any suttas, but I am guessing there might be some that talk about this.
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According to Theravada tradition, was Siddharta Gautama illuminated after meditating under the Bodhi tree?

I just found out what seems to me as a contradiction under Theravada tradition: When Siddharta Gautama meditated under the Bodhi tree, I understand ho achieved illumination, he reached the Nirvana. ...

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