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Nirvana in Buddhism:

What is Nirvana?

Nirvana is a word whose origin’s date back many thousands of years.

Nirvana as it is called in the Sanskrit language, or Nibbana in the language of Pali is defined as to blow out, or to extinguish. The word Nirvana is derived from nir meaning to stop, and va meaning to blow out, or to extinguish.

The three fires that are intended to be extinguished as we Embrace Nirvana are…

Desire – It is our desires that cause us to suffer. We allow our attachment to all that we desire to consume us. We as humans become jealous of others who have more wealth, and more options in their life choices then we do.

If we truly understood the The Law of Impermanence, we would never allow ourselves to become attached to material things, or situations that cannot last forever.

We must Embrace Nirvana, and accept that all things are impermanent if we are to extinguish the flames of desire.



Hatred – There is something in all of us that we strongly dislike. Hate would be a more accurate word to describe our emotional state when confronted with ideologies, or circumstances that disagree with our beliefs.

Our hate will bind us to people and situations due to our strong negative emotional attachment to them. Our hateful emotions will dominate our thoughts, and cloud our mind with negativity.

We need to let go of, and extinguish our hateful thoughts as we Embrace Nirvana.

Illusion – This one is the most captivating of the three. We are all living in the great illusion. We believe that the world around us, and everything in it is real. When in reality it is all just vibrations.

Every material thing around us is composed of atoms. The electronic device that you are reading this on, the chair that you sit in, and the bed that you sleep in are all just energy and vibrations.

Allowing ourselves to become attached to these vibrations of energy is quite foolish. If we want to release ourselves from Mara’s Curse, and transcend into a higher plane of existence we must let go of our attachments to these simple vibrations, and Embrace Nirvana.

Achieving Nirvana is the end goal of Buddhists.



His holiness the Dali Lama discussed Nirvana in, The Path to Tranquility. He taught that enlightenment is the ending of rebirth, which means a complete nonattachment or nonidentification will all thoughts, feelings, perceptions, physical sensations, and ideas.

We have no words that can accurately define the meaning of nirvana. Nirvana is not a location that we seek to find, but a state of being that we endeavor to become.

The Buddha taught that anything we may think or imagine about nirvana would be mistaken because the state of nirvana is completely different from our normal state of existence, and sensory perception.

Nirvana cannot be adequately defined, it can only be experienced. Nirvana is detaching ourselves from Samsara. Samsara is a word in both Sanskrit, and Pali that refers to the endless cycle of birth, death, and rebirth again.

Buddha’s wisdom discovered a path to end our suffering. This way to end our suffering is spelled out in The Four Noble Truths...
The way to accomplish this task is laid out in The Eightfold Path

Let go of your attachments, and Embrace Nirvana



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