Thread: Nibbana for Everyone

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    Nibbana for Everyone

    This is the transcript of a talk given by the late Thai teacher Ajahn Buddhadasa.

    "Nibbana for Everyone"

    http://www.dhammatalks.net/Articles/...R_EVERYONE.htm

    Any comments about what he had to say ?


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    An excellent description of Nibbana and what it means for all of us. What is the point of Buddhism if things were otherwise, is what he asks and explores and I quite agree. The Buddha found a way to rediscover that which is within each of us, but is difficult to attain because of how we are socialised into accepting the society around us and the world views it imposes. Not that we are already enlightened and don't have to do anything, but that as conscious beings we have the potential to find it, no matter how hard it can be for us humans.

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    Let me quote this passages:

    ... There are dozens of synonyms for Nibbana, for example, the Deathless, Permanence, Peace, Safety, Health, Diseaselessness, Freedom, Emancipation, Shelter, Refuge, Immunity, Island (for those fallen into water), Highest Benefit, Supreme Joy, Other Shore, That Which Should Be Reached, and the End of Concocting...
    ... When seeing a fire go out or something hot cooling down, look for the meaning of Nibbana in it. When bathing or drinking ice water, when a breeze blows or rain falls, take notice of the meaning of Nibbana. When a fever subsides, a swelling goes down, or a headache goes away, recognize the meaning of Nibbana as found in those things. When perspiring, sleeping comfortably, or eating one's fill, see the meaning of Nibbana. When seeing an animal with all its fierceness and danger tamed away, see the meaning of Nibbana. All of these are lessons to help us understand the nature of Nibbana in every moment. The mind will regularly incline towards contentment in Nibbana and this helps the mind to flow more easily along the path of Nibbana.

    Whenever you find coolness in your experience, mark that coolness firmly in your heart, and breathe out and in. Breathing in is cool, breathing out is cool. In cool, out cool — do this for a little while. This is an excellent lesson that will help you to become a Lover of Nibbana (Nibbanakamo) more quickly...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mjaviem View Post
    Let me quote this passages:
    ... There are dozens of synonyms for Nibbana, for example, the Deathless, Permanence, Peace, Safety, Health, Diseaselessness, Freedom, Emancipation, Shelter, Refuge, Immunity, Island (for those fallen into water), Highest Benefit, Supreme Joy, Other Shore, That Which Should Be Reached, and the End of Concocting...
    From SN 43.14–43.

    Bhikkhus, I will teach you the taintless and the path leading to the taintless. Listen to that….

    Bhikkhus, I will teach you the truth and the path leading to the truth…. I will teach you 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 …

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