What is nirvana/heaven?
Posted: Wed Aug 07, 2019 4:41 pm
Did buddha describe heaven in any way in case of yes how did he describe heaven?
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Beings in heaven enjoy varying degrees of jhanic bliss.Scattered throughout the suttas are references to as many as thirty-one distinct "planes" or "realms" of existence into which beings can be reborn during their long wandering through samsara. These range from the extraordinarily grim and painful hell realms all the way up to the most exquisitely refined and blissful heaven realms.
Also:Ud 1.10 wrote:Where water, earth,
fire, & wind
have no footing:
There the stars don't shine,
the sun isn't visible.
There the moon doesn't appear.
There darkness is not found.
And when a sage,
a brahman through sagacity,
has realized [this] for himself,
then from form & formless,
from bliss & pain,
he is freed.
SN 43.14-43 wrote:the truth …. the far shore … the subtle … the very difficult to see … the unaging … the stable … the undisintegrating … the unmanifest … the unproliferated… the peaceful … the deathless … the sublime … the auspicious … the secure …. the destruction of craving … the wonderful … the amazing … the unailing … the unailing state … Nibbāna … the unafflicted … dispassion … purity … freedom … the unadhesive … the island ... the shelter … the asylum … the refuge …
Sacca, Pāra, Nipuṇa, Sududdasa, Ajara, Dhuva, Apalokita, Anidassana, Nippapañca, Santa, Amata, Paṇita, Siva, Khema, Taṇhakkhaya, Acchariya, Abbhuta, Anītika, Anītikadhamma, Nibbāna, Abyāpajjha, Virāga, Suddhi, Mutti, Anālaya, Dīpa, Leṇa, Tāṇa, Saraṇa.
SN 12.51 wrote:“Suppose, bhikkhus, a man would remove a hot clay pot from a potter’s kiln and set it on smooth ground: its heat would be dissipated right there and potsherds would be left. So too, when he feels a feeling terminating with the body … terminating with life…. He understands: ‘With the breakup of the body, following the exhaustion of life, all that is felt, not being delighted in, will become cool right here; mere bodily remains will be left.’ “What do you think, bhikkhus, can a bhikkhu whose taints are destroyed generate a meritorious volitional formation, or a demeritorious volitional formation, or an imperturbable volitional formation?”
“No, venerable sir.”
“When there are utterly no volitional formations, with the cessation of volitional formations, would consciousness be discerned?” “No, venerable sir.”
“When there is utterly no consciousness, with the cessation of consciousness, would name-and-form be discerned?”
“No, venerable sir.”
“When there is utterly no name-and-form … no six sense bases … … no contact … no feeling … no craving … no clinging … no existence … no birth, with the cessation of birth, would aging-and-death be discerned?”
“No, venerable sir.”
“Good, good, bhikkhus! It is exactly so and not otherwise! Place faith in me about this, bhikkhus, resolve on this. Be free from perplexity and doubt about this. Just this is the end of suffering.”
that's called annihilation isminyenzi wrote: There is nothing further for your consciousness
wronginyenzi wrote:doesn't go into some heavenly or euphoric realm
Annihilationism is the belief that there exists an atman, which is destroyed at death. The cessation of an experience which is annata, is not annihilationism, since there exists nothing to be annihilated.cappuccino wrote:that's called annihilation ism
the doctrine of "non-self", that there is no unchanging, permanent selfinyenzi wrote:Annihilationism is the belief that there exists an atman, which is destroyed at death. The cessation of an experience which is anattā, is not annihilationism, since there exists nothing to be annihilated.cappuccino wrote:that's called annihilation ism
Which involves what, exactly? A changing self, that nevertheless persists on after death in an unconditioned heavenly realm? Sounds like a craving for further existence.cappuccino wrote:unchanging self is extreme
no self is extreme
between extremes, is the middle way
inyenzi wrote: On my reading of the suttas, it seems clear that parinibbana is just the 5 aggregates (which are not self) coming to an end.
Ananda Sutta: To AnandaIf I — being asked by Vacchagotta the wanderer if there is no self — were to answer that there is no self, that would be conforming with those brahmans & contemplatives who are exponents of annihilationism [the view that death is the annihilation of consciousness].
What is this unconditioned heavenly realm you are talking about?
Rebirth in a Deva realm IS fueled by a craving for further existence.Sounds like a craving for further existence.
heavenly realms are conditioned, Nirvana realm is unconditionedGrigoris wrote: What is this unconditioned heavenly realm you are talking about?