He did refute it, but only on the basis of the unskillfulness of following such views. In AN 10:94, Vajjiya Sutta, the Buddha is accused of being a nihilist, to which Vajjiya responds that the Buddha is not a nihilist, as he does not categorically reject nor endorse certain practices, but rather rejects or endorses the skillfulness of them. The Buddha then ...
I am only using the word "real" only in the sense of meaning "exists
and is not an illusion".
I am defining "extreme metaphysical nihilism" as the belief that
"nothing is real".
I do not know if the belief that "nothing is real" is (also) called
something else but if it is then please tell me.
I consider the ...