Tag: awakening

Is Nirvana Indescribable? Is it Permanent?

| May 14, 2018 | 0 Comments
Is Nirvana Indescribable? Is it Permanent?

Nirvana or the awakened state is often said to be indescribable, and typically understood as permanent. We’ll consider both of these claims, and look at a neat thought experiment by philosopher Frank Jackson along the way. Suttas mentioned: The Unconditioned (SN 43.12, 14-43)  (The rest of this sutta appears not to be available online). The […]

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Enlightenment, European and Buddhist

| May 29, 2017 | 2 Comments
Enlightenment, European and Buddhist

The word “enlightenment” is used to describe a period of history in Europe, and a state of mind in Buddhism. What do these really mean, and do they share any important similarities?

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What is Buddhist Awakening?

| April 3, 2017 | 2 Comments
What is Buddhist Awakening?

Here is a short video on the Buddhist notion of awakening, a/k/a enlightenment, nirvāṇa, nibbāna, etc.

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The Buddha’s Teaching on Loving-Kindness: A Mature Path to Awakening

| December 4, 2011 | 1 Comment
The Buddha’s Teaching on Loving-Kindness: A Mature Path to Awakening

In much contemporary Buddhist teachings, the paths of the heart are often relegated to second place behind the primacy of Wisdom on the path to awakening. In the earliest texts, however, the Buddha appears to consider the cultivation of kindness and compassion as a fully viable and equal path to awakening, to enlightenment, to Nibbana. […]

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