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Nibbana

Postby Will » Wed Jan 28, 2009 5:38 pm

A bodhisattva does not become weary of evil beings nor does he commit the error of bringing forth thoughts inclined to reject them and cast them aside. Avatamsaka Sutra, ch. 25

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Postby David N. Snyder » Wed Jan 28, 2009 8:01 pm

Thirty-three synonyms for Nibbana:

1. The Unconditioned
2. The destruction of lust, hate, delusion
3. The Uninclined
4. The taintless
5. The truth
6. The other shore
7. The subtle
8. The very difficult to see
9. The unaging
10. The stable
11. The undisintegrating
12. The unmanifest
13. The unproliferated
14. The peaceful
15. The deathless
16. The sublime
17. The auspicious
18. The secure
19. The destruction of craving
20. The wonderful
21. The amazing
22. The unailing
23. The unailing state
24. The unafflicted
25. Dispassion
26. Purity
27. Freedom
28. Non attachment
29. The island
30. The shelter
31. The asylum
32. The refuge
33. The destination and the path leading to the destination

(from Samyutta Nikaya 43)
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Re: Nibbana

Postby Will » Wed Jan 28, 2009 10:52 pm

Very good list Ben. But the last one - "The destination and the path leading to the destination" is, I suspect, just the 3rd & 4th of the Noble Truths. In which case only "the destination" would be a synonym for nibbana.
A bodhisattva does not become weary of evil beings nor does he commit the error of bringing forth thoughts inclined to reject them and cast them aside. Avatamsaka Sutra, ch. 25

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He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
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He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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With metta,
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Re: Nibbana

Postby AdvaitaJ » Thu Jan 29, 2009 2:03 am

As an atheist, I believed in the words of an old Steppenwolf rock song: "When you're dead, you're gone."

Now, reading Ajahn Brahm's book, he makes clear that there is no "you" to be gone when "you're" dead. Only a process or two that you think is you. Ok, I'm content to continue working on this, but what's got me in a quandary is trying to discern the distinction in the end result between the atheist end-result and nibbana. In either case, there's nothing left. As stated in the book, "Nibbana is the empty and natural process of body and mind doing its cessation thing."

Naturally, I'd prefer something more :D (minus the suffering, of course :D :D ) but I can intellectually accept nothingness. I guess my real question would be, "does Nibbana hold any promise of anything over and above the atheist view of complete and total cessation?" :?:

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Nibbana exists. :jumping:

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As a tentative teaching by the great Luang Por Chah -

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Let your aim be Nibbana

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