Buddhism in Five Minutes - Elizabeth J. Harris

Buddhism in Five Minutes - Elizabeth J. Harris

23. What is Nirvana?

Buddhism in Five Minutes - Elizabeth J. Harris

Arjuna Ranatunga [+-]
University of Sunderland
Arjuna Ranatunga holds an MA in Buddhist Studies from the University of Sunderland.


Nirvana (Pali: nibbāna) is the “good goal” of which the Buddha spoke; and to work toward this provides ultimate meaning to the life of a Buddhist. It is attained by those who, through purification in ethics, meditation, and liberating wisdom, have become “noble disciples.” These have seen it as a timeless reality beyond any form or suffering (Pali: dukkha) and any type of rebirth; and the highest noble disciple, the arhat, has fully experienced it and gone beyond rebirths

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Ranatunga, Arjuna. 23. What is Nirvana?. Buddhism in Five Minutes. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 112-115 Nov 2021. ISBN 9781800500907. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=40761. Date accessed: 23 Oct 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.40761. Nov 2021

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