Tag: Nibbana

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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On Cessation

| May 5, 2015 | 0 Comments
On Cessation

The Third Noble Truth is the truth of the cessation of craving; that there is a method by which craving can come to an end within a human lifetime. As such it is a rather spare truth: the content of that method awaits the Fourth Noble Truth for its elaboration. What is the cessation of […]

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Can a Layperson Attain Nibbāna?

| August 3, 2013 | 33 Comments
Can a Layperson Attain Nibbāna?

A recent discussion on the SBA Forum started by Arijit Mitra dealt with the question of how far a householder or layperson could proceed along the Buddhist path. This is a question that deserves extended treatment. While we could begin with discussions of modern-day theory and practice, my preference is to begin with the original […]

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Two Issues With Nibbāna

| May 17, 2013 | 9 Comments
Two Issues With Nibbāna

That’s the colloquialism: we don’t have problems with something nowadays, we have “issues”. “Issues” doesn’t mean we’re fed up, but there’s something there that’s just not right. There’s something that needs dealing with, working out. I have two main issues with the Buddha’s notion of nibbāna. But let me preface this by saying that since […]

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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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