the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread

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Re: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread

Post by tharpa » Thu Aug 02, 2018 3:38 am

Santi253 wrote:
Sun Aug 27, 2017 7:02 pm
David N. Snyder wrote: True, but Mun is more of an outlier, not a typical, mainstream theravada view.
This is something I don't know a whole lot about. Does the typical Theravada Buddhist, in traditionally Theravadin countries, believe that the Buddha remains present in the world?
Absolutely not. Such a view is sometimes found in fringe Mahayana sects though, such as the Nichiren.

But to give the Buddha's teachings on this: The Buddha was asked thousands of questions during his 45 years of teaching. There were a very, very few he declined to answer. One of the ones he declined to answer was, "Does an arahant exist after death, or not exist after death?"

Please note that a Buddha is one of the three kinds of arahants.

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Re: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread

Post by cappuccino » Sat Aug 04, 2018 5:04 pm

Both formerly & now, it is only stress that I describe, and the cessation of stress.
— SN 22.86

So consider the cessation of stress. And I ask, have you ceased to exist?

Buddha did not disappear completely.

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