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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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Do arhats exist after death?

I was just looking at the connected discousres (Bhikkhu Bodhi) and it said Sorry for the rushed question, but I wondered if arhats can be said to exist or not after death? Does the Buddha say the ...
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What's the awakened state like?

I can grasp the truth of the false self. That what I think of "me" in my mind doesn't exist . But I'm scared of giving it up after 45 years of it. Im like the guy in the matrix. Nero?
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What is the fastest way to reach enlightenment?

I am asking for reference request and sutras where a person can cut through samsara quickly and obtain liberation. I have heard a story when Buddha was asked this question and he replied "Sound". ...
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Have Buddhas escaped samsara?

Have Buddhas escaped samsara? Obviously there is the mainly Chinese term "non-abiding in nirvana". I'm interested in an answer from any tradition at all, and for enlightened non-Buddhas, too. To be ...
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Does Nibbana mean not self?

I have found a text which states that nibbāna is a description meaning not-self. The meaning of the text is clear. Nibbana is nothing but not-self. Moreover I have also found a sutta(SN22.45) ...
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Is Nirvana the goal, for Zen and Theravada?

What is the main goal for Theravada Buddhism and Zen Buddhism? Is it Nirvana for both or is there any additional differences? Can the answer be detailed because this is an assignment and I am trying ...
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Parinibbāna in secular Buddhism

I take it that an important claim of secular Buddhism is that the Buddha never actually taught literal rebirth. What happens during parinibbāna according to secular Buddhism? How is it different from ...
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Is it fair to say that Buddhism employ misology?

The question is straightforward as it read, but to elaborate I will give some examples. I think most people will agree that reason is what is special about human beings, and most religions and ...
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If Sabbe Dhamma Anatta then is there hope?

I am hopeful that I will attain Anatta. After I attain Anatta I will cease to be expressible. That hope motivates me to give up the clinging to forms, feeling , perception , consciousness etc... But ...
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Where can I find suttas about the immaterial realm?

I read in Ajahn Brahms book that you pass through 4 immaterial realms after jhanas and before enlightenment. I want to know more about them. Where can I find the suttas in the Tripitaka?
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Supposing mahayana nirvana is permanent does it have substance?

Supposing mahayana nirvana is permanent (and I believe it is called this) does it have substance? I'm just asking due to some completely trivial insights: it seems that a quality of my experience of ...
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What is beyond the realm of Gods.

After have studied Hinduism, and more modern reality creation referring to concepts such as higher vibrations, higher realms that exists beyond our material, such as the astral or heavenly. Also ...
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Difference between Pin (Punya) and Kusal(Kushala)?

I have seen people using the words Pin ("good deeds") interchangeably with Kusal; and Paw ("bad deeds") interchangeably with Akusal. But there are clear differences between them -- per my ...
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Can a person become a buddha after reaching nirvana?

There are answers here that suggest that being a buddha is not the same with entering nirvana. Many people enter nirvana. Very few become buddhas. So I wonder, say you enter nirvana. But then you ...
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What is worth desiring from the world?

What is worth desiring from the world when everything is impermanent ? I can't even desire Nirvana , because I never get it. Here it states that I can not say Nibbana as mine or me or myself( I can ...
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Can someone address this critique?

I found a rather compelling critique on the Internet and would like to ask you to answer this. He probably misunderstood dukkha, however, he is somewhat right on the nihilism aspect of buddhism. In ...
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Why shouldn't I identify with Nibanna?

Nibanna is not suffering but it is said to be Anatta: Sabbe Dhamma Anatta My question is why shouldn't I identify with Nibanna ? Why shouldn't I say I am Nibanna ? Or why shouldn't I say my true ...
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Rebirth, nibbana, and anatta

Rebirth, is the continuation of anatta.. no Self can be said to transmigrate - only the statement that 'dependently originated phenomena (any conditioned and posited self) cannot have permanent ...
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Karmic remnants after advice

If you gave someone good or bad advice or wrote a book that was stored in the Library of Congress and read for centuries then wouldnt you have a karmic remnant to bear?
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What else do people who have realized Nirvāṇa do besides teach?

There are numerous references in Buddhist literature to men and women living ordinary, normal family lives who successfully practised what the Buddha taught, and realized Nirvāṇa. --What the Buddha ...
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Assuming empathy is a worldly thing (which i believe it is), why does/would a buddha try to help others find the way?

I've always believed that empathy/feeling for others is a biological feature of evolution in social animals. So, why does/would an enlightened being go to lengths to help others reach enlightenment? ...
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Pathway to Nirvana

As a complete beginner to Buddhism, what steps should I follow to get closer to enlightenment? Should I study Buddhism and meditate or should I move to a monastery? I know that to attain nirvana, ...
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Why does Buddhism seem to have more than one goal?

Why do some Buddhists regard nirvana as an important goal while other want better rebirth? Do all Buddhists have the same goal and if not why?
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What are the strengths and weaknesses of attempts to describe Nirvana in scripture?

How can we evaluate which description of nirvana is accurate? Also what problems does King Millinda point out about nirvana in his 80th dilemma?
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What are the conditions necessary for Nibbana?

This question is pretty straight forward. Suppose I wish to attain Nibbana then what are the conditions which I must fulfill in order to attain Nibbana?
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Biology, Brain tumours and mental disorders, behaviour and Budhism

The biologic construction of our brains leads to diferent behaviour and personalities. Like different antennas or generators, we can process signals diferent ways or receive them diferent ways. Our ...
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Why can't we call Nirvana as our true self?

It is true that there is no permanent identity of self and there is no identity of self which doesn't result in suffering. Nirvana is permanent , full of blessings, and is unchangeable. We humans can ...
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Is nibbana the only next world in reality?

As in, nibbana is not impermanent, not unsatisfactory. It is still not-self, but in being different with respect to two out of three marks, it satisfies the notion of some fundamentally 'other' world ...
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After Nibbana, can one be reborn again in Samsara?

Is Nibbana final? Or if you attain Nibbana, can you be reborn again in Samsara if you wish?
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Is it possible to describe nibbana?

This Dhamma Wiki article, Nibbana, says that "Nibbana (Pali), nirvana (Sanskrit), is the highest spiritual state and the ultimate goal of Buddhism." Please describe nibbana. What is it? How do you ...
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Is nirvana a process?

I have often been told that nirvana is not a state or entity, because there are no real states or entities in Mahayana Buddhism. If so, is that nirvanisation (a word I've seen for the process of ...
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What is one's relationship with the world upon attaining Nirvana (and how do we work to get there)

There seems to be this ongoing debate both within the Buddhist Tradition itself and with the world-at-large as to how a practitioner should relate to the world. The Buddha himself forsook his family ...
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Did Siddhartha Gautama achieve Nirvana? [duplicate]

Every book says that Siddhartha Gautama achieved Nirvana and then became Gautama Buddha. But now that I have realized that all phenomenon are nonself , it becomes imperative for me to ask : did ...
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According to Buddhism , who achieves Nirvana? [duplicate]

All phenomenon are nonself then who achieves the Nirvana?
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Should I decrease the amount of time I practice concentration meditation?

I have been following buddhist practices for little over three years now, and samadhi - or concentration, as you prefer - meditation was obviously part of my practice. As I was often taught from some ...
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Why isn't Buddhānussati more popular in the West?

From what I understand in the suttas, unless you renounce the household life and desire almost entirely, chances are you won't eliminate the necessary fetters to achieve nibbana in this life. For ...
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Can one find liberation independent for himself?

Ven. Members of the Sangha, Ven. Fellows, Valued Upasaka, Upasika, Dear readers and interested, - Namo tassa bhagavato arahato sammā-sambuddhassa - since the root-consideration of this possible vey ...
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Why is Buddha needed?

In order to attain Nirvana one must be able to understand that his or her self is an illusion , error or is like a dream. This understanding doesn't come naturally. Naturally one finds that there is ...
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What does one need to give, for liberation?

A twofold question for the sake to become even one. General theoretical, general practical and personal answers of reflection (and generously let others have part of it) are suitable. Or even incl. ...
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Did Buddha ever think about himself?

After attaining Nibbana, Buddha had realized that there is no self. However due to practical difficulties of communication, he had to use personal pronouns like 'I' , 'me' , 'myself' many times during ...
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How can Buddha take rebirth as Metteyya?

Gautama Buddha died and had attained final Nirvana. His cleaving to existing objects had ceased. His ignorance was destroyed. He had no upadana or karma left. Yet Buddha said that he will take rebirth ...
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How did the suffering of Gautama Buddha arise or co-arise?

As per my understanding during his lifetime, Gautama Buddha, had attained Nibbana with residue. And after death he attained Parinibbana (or Nibbana with no residue). Nibbana with residue is defined ...
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Is suicide similar to Nibbana?

I read a comment on this forum, which said: why do you even need to work hard attain Nibbana? Why not just commit suicide when things get tough? This comment gives me the impression the writer ...
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What's the end game for Buddhism?

I try to sit back and look at things more objectively. This is how I see things right now: we are awareness made flesh. with all the senses and limitations associated with being a human flesh ...
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Is Anapanasati a complete path? Does it, by itself, lead to nirvana?

I have been doing meditation of various forms (Goenka body-scanning, anapanasati, just sitting, kaya, citta, and vedana nupassana, etc.) but am trying to figure out something about anapanasati in ...
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Help! I'm in love with enlightened man

Pardon my English .I was lucky enough to meet this man . This man is living Buddha . He is not a monk. Lives simple life. He is such a mystery. I'm in love with enlightened man. It's not recent ... ...
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Problem with the logic of karma

Ok, so i am kind of an outsider on this topic, so i assume i got something basic wrong. But even if thats not the case, please try to explain this to me: As i understand it at this point, Karma works ...
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Buddhism is kind of depressing

Please correct me if I'm misguided about this but I was doing some reading which seemed to be saying that life on this earth is nothing but suffering. That while we are ignorant we wander around in ...
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What Gautam Buddha said about "self", in Chapter Three of the Mahayana Mahaparinirvana Sutra?

From this site, I found the following saying of Buddha: "You, monks, should not thus cultivate the  notion (samjna) of impermanence, suffering and non-Self, the notion of impurity and so forth, ...
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Is there a concept of after life in Buddhism?

I know that Nirvana is not like heaven the one they have in Christianity and Islam, but rather just a state of mind in the present world. Then what happens to someone who dies after becoming the ...
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