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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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Is it necessory to attain higher Jhana to experience Nibbana?

Can some one experience nibbana just being in 1st Jhana. or 2nd..or 3rd..? I read in one of sutta that to be arhant even 1st Jhana is sufficient. But when someone becomes sotapanna, or higher Arya by ...
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If nirvana cannot be described then is it good?

If nirvana cannot be described then is it good? Isn't 'good' a description of something, even when it isn't real or objective etc.. I would personally answer in terms of suchness, so anything in those/...
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on experiencing nibbana we become sotapanna. so why gautama directly become buddha?

It is said that when you experience nibbana the first time you are sotapanna. but why buddha did not crossed all these stages. and directly become buddha?
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Who is the latest person to have obtain enlightenment and become a Buddha?

A number of people have become enlightened since Shakyamuni Buddha's realization of the truths. I'm curious as to who the latest person to have obtain enlightenment and become a Buddha is (as ...
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When there is no self, who or what will exert a conscious effort to reach nirvana?

According to Theravadic Buddhism there’s no self. Self is an emergent illusion of a collection of smaller entities ( citta, chaithasika etc), in the same way, the physical body is an emergent result ...
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Have all our buddhas since Sakyamuni not abided in nirvana?

As far as I know, many practitioners in the mahayana tradition have claimed to reach buddhahood and nirvana, since Sakyamuni. Is this non-abiding in nirvana? It would explain how prominent Buddhists ...
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Whats the path towards enlightenment?

I'm pretty new to Buddhism, so I'm not very knowledgeable about what's most commonly considered as the path towards enlightenment. I already have a pretty subjective idea of it - I have to unify my ...
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Would total annihilation of Humanity cause Nirvana for everyone?

If nirvana is to escape the cycle of Samsara, wouldn't all of humanity being dead meaning Samsara would end? Say there was a total nuclear war and everyone ends up dead.
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How is a lay person supposed to ever attain Nibbana?

The Buddha said in an indirect way that if one practices consistently for 7 days, enlightenment is guaranteed. My question is if there are thousands of monks who live in monasteries and practice all ...
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why 9th samādhi attainment is called as sanna-vedayita-nirodho and not as sanna-vedana-nirodho?

There must be some reason, to use vedayita and not vedana. my intuition says that its not cessation of feeling. but cessation of feeling object. what do you say ? From DPD digital pali dictionary: ...
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Is karma related to entropy and if so is escaping samsara fighting a losing battle? (Warning: long layman ramblings inside)

I am new to Buddhism and wanted to ask a question that's been brimming on my mind for a while now. As a warning, I will touch upon a number of concepts that I am a complete layman in and so I am sure ...
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8 Worldly Dharmas - are they mental or physical for noble ones?

In the Lokavipatti Sutta the 8 worldly dharmas are pleasure, pain, fame, disgrace, blame, praise, and gain, and loss. The Buddha also says the noble ones experience all of those but don't rebel ...
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If the 6 realms are states of the mind, are Buddhas / Siddhas miracles real?

Hello, I understand that the six realms can be interpreted as states of the mind. But at the same time I believe in Yidam yoga, not only as symbolic but as a real emanation too - I have devotion. If ...
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Is Nirvana a goal or a process, shaping the pursuit of enlightenment and a meaningful life?

In examining the Buddhist doctrine of 'Nirvana,' a scholarly critique emerges. Does Nirvana, often portrayed as the ultimate goal, withstand rigorous scrutiny? Can it be dissected as a concrete ...
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How does the doctrine of pratītyasamutpāda interact with Dhammapala's interpretation of nibbana?

The doctrine of pratītyasamutpāda states that: all dharmas (phenomena) arise in dependence upon other dharmas: "if this exists, that exists; if this ceases to exist, that also ceases to exist&...
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Is it ever said in the Pali Canon that Nirvana cannot be attained?

Is there any sutta in the Pali Canon which describes the supramundane view that Nibbana cannot be attained? I'm looking for a verse or quote from the Pali Canon which describes Nibbana as unattainable ...
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Did Buddha comment on Hindu incarnations like Krishna Rama etc?

Just wondering, did the Shakyamuni Buddha say anything about Rama or Krishna especially, because he and only he was deemed to be fully awakened by Hindus. He was awakened (may not be fully) is kinda ...
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If hypothetically we lived in a time when a Buddha were to arise, how could we acknowledge him as being perfectly enlightened?

Assuming that in a hypothetical multitude of so-called "enlightened masters", a future Buddha would actually arise and we were alive at that time, how would we be able to recognize him? The ...
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Why did Buddha continue jhāna after enlightenment?

Can you tell me why Buddha used to go in different levels of absorption/ jhāna/musing even after nirvana for reference Mahā Parinibbāna Sutta (DN 16) and An 3.63 venaga sutta?
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Did Buddha comment on existence of other contemporary buddhas?

Just wondering, since enlightenment is the cessation of all suffering, were there other people or beings that had achieved that and were contemporary to buddha. One such candidate may be the Jain ...
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Mind frame rate vs craving

I have some hunch that when rising from the deep meditative states / jhanas, the mind becomes so slow that the world is perceived in frames. Is this true? My guess is that the speed of human brain ...
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Is nirvana just a checkpoint in an eternal journey?

Life in this world has been amazing. I was amazed by this world growing up travelling to amazing places seeing hills, mountains and what not. Then the tech boom that got me addicted. And the amazing ...
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💚The Buddha went straight to Buddhahood without becoming a non-returner?

💚If you're a non-returner and you go to the Brahma realms, then that is the only way to attain Nibbana in the Brahma realms? Is it possible to attain Buddhahood in the Bramha realms? Did the Buddha ...
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Is it believed to be better to be reborn as a deva or as a human again? Which should I be trying to be reborn as?

Is being reborn as a deva or human better? Can you achieve nirvana if you are reborn as a deva as well as a human?
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Atthakalap and atta vs mind vs Brahma state

What is atthakalap? So famously known as soul-> atta in Buddha's teachings .. how can one derive soul from atthakalap? And what's after liberated state from atthakalap is achieved? Is liberated ...
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What particular individuals have experienced Nibbana? [duplicate]

Please answer without reciting suttas. I hear often it said that one will neither confirm nor deny if they have. If you haven't experienced it why would you not just say you haven't? It seems ...
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Odds of nirvana

What are the odds of getting nirvana during this lifetime? I suppose, given a worldwide population of 8-9 billion, of that what percentage is likely? an arahant whose effluents are ended, who has ...
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self using intoxicants

i was reading the scripture Uninstructed Assutavā Sutta (SN 12:61): “Monks, an uninstructed run-of-the-mill person might grow disenchanted with this body composed of the four great elements, might ...
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How does decisive supporting cause (upanissaya paccaya) work? (and some related questions)

According to Theravada Buddhism: 1.How does Decisive Supporting Cause (Upanissaya Paccaya) work? For example, when Venerable arahant Anuruddha asked Sangha what to do to attain divine-eye in Lord ...
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Does a risk of death exist in the awakening process?

I have a vague recollection of a Dhamma teacher saying that, in the process of awakening, the practitioner eventually reaches a stage of development where they either awaken fully or they die. I'm not ...
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Is self-mummification considered same as Nirvana?

Sokushinbutsu Sokushinbutsu (即身仏) are a kind of Buddhist mummy. In Japan, the term refers to the practice of Buddhist monks observing asceticism to the point of death and entering mummification while ...
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What does samudaya mean?

What does samudaya mean? I'm seeing: "community", "arising", "the origin, or cause of suffering" When I read samudaya on the wiki, I became uncertain. Then somehow i ...
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What is "meditation on the deathless state (nirvana)"?

I have read in a Buddhist sutta that one should meditate on the deathless state. What does this mean? What is it?
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Is this a right explanation of phenomena of enlightenment by Osho?

Some months back I had written a comment (not able to find it atm) to a post in BSE which resonated with the following explanation of Enlightenment by Osho, that ' Enlightenment is consciousness ...
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Does an enlightened person have access to whatever information he wants?

I am following a guy online who claims to be enlightened. Everything about him is fine and he seems genuine and all but for one reason that he says he has no recollection of his past lives. Is this ...
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Is nirvana a mere conscious experience, and if so of what kind?

What is nirvana if it is not just a beatific consciousness free from suffering in all meanings? I want to move away from that and the idea of the perfections (both seem slightly off). So there is ...
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Sutras are in which Tripitaka

I have one query. All the Sutra's ( lotus Sutra, heart Sutra) belongs to which Tripitaka (first second or third)?
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Is the emptiness of final nirvana an illusion?

Is the emptiness of final nirvana an illusion? When we misplace a box with nothing at all inside we haven't really lost its contents. I am convinced, based on this, nothingness is only really inside ...
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Why aren't there omnicidal Buddhists?

So, I'm not a Buddhist, but my understanding is that in Buddhist thought, existence is the root of suffering, and Buddhists seek to end suffering by attaining a state of spiritual enlightenment that, ...
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Is it true that after nirvana, no new intentions will be formed by the individual?

I don't know if nirvana is a permanent or impermanent state, but is it true that after nirvana, no new intentions will be formed by the individual? And what is left-over is only a karmic residual of ...
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The Impact of Violence on Our Concentration

Our reality is quite violent. Observing the violence of others causes mental conflict, And it will ruin your state of mind during meditation. What should be the reaction of a person to violence? Put ...
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How to explain to someone with no knowledge about Buddhism what is meant by "extinguishing" the self?

A person I know has drawn the unwanted conclusion that the entanglement from the self is to be equated with erasing one's personality, feelings and connections in life. That to be extinguished in ...
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AN 8.30 Great thoughts, thoughts of great man, thing-able, (de-)touch-able for everyone? (thinking in first jhāna)

Coming from here, analysis of AN 8.30. Good, Anuruddha, very good. It’s good that you think these thoughts of a great person: Does good householder think that certain (all) people are capable to ...
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What is life like after having achieved nirvana?

So , if someone defeats death and ends birth...actually achieves nirvana. What is that like pragmatically? Of course you have that old saying about carrying water and chopping wood but what is the ...
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Does reality fight back when you want to meditate?

Whenever I want to meditate (down to Nirvana), it seems that the whole world wants to confront me to stop me. Does reality fight back when you want to meditate? Have other people encountered this? i ...
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What is difference between Nibbana and asaṅkhataṃ (unconditioned)?

Buddha says Nibbana is ajātaṃ abhūtaṃ akataṃ asaṅkhataṃ. Out of all these four, only asaṅkhataṃ (unconditioned) is something that I have to achieve. So can I say asaṅkhataṃ is Nibbana and vice versa? ...
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Does the Buddhas resolve on the night of His Nirvana go against the middle path?

I read here that on the night before the dawn of Buddhas Nirvana, the Buddha made a resolve that; ‘I shall sit under this tree and meditate upon my questions. And I shall not move until I have my ...
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Nirvana with residue/non-abiding nirvana

What is the difference between Nirvana with residue and non-abiding Nirvana? Both these states apply to a Buddha while still alive and come to an end when the physical life of a Buddha comes to an end....
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Nirodha samapatti - cessation of all, or only clinging, perception and feeling?

This is based on the comments below this answer. From this page, we find the commentary: nirodha-samāpatti 'attainment of extinction' (S. XIV, 11), also called saññā-vedayita-nirodha, 'extinction of ...
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Is a via positiva, cataphatic definition of Nibbāna possible?

When Time is conditioned, when Space is also supposedly conditioned, when all ‘phenomena’, in the strictest philosophical sense of the word, are conditioned, how can the unconditioned Nibbāna be ever ...
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