Reaching Nirvana In Buddhism

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Buddhism is a religion founded by Siddhartha Gautama as a reform movement within Hinduism .The teaching of Buddha is that life is filled with suffering caused by desire, that suffering vanishes when desire vanishes. That enlightenment obtained through right actions, wisdom and meditation releases one from desire and suffering and rebirth. All living beings are caught in samsara; the cycle of birth, life, death, and rebirth, characterized by suffering. Tahna is thirst or craving which causes suffering, when one reaches Nirvana he or she is free from all suffering. “Nirvana is self-knowledge, equanimity, awakening, and ultimately salvation” (Buddhism p.38). Nirvana is the highest state that someone can reach, it is a state of enlightenment. Reaching …show more content…
The law of karma says that if you do well, you will experience good and if you live your life doing badly, you will experience bad. Basically if you live your life in a bad way, in a way that you harm yourself or others you will face the consequences in your next life. A person will keep being reborn, ideally getting better every time until he or she reaches nirvana. Nirvana has been compared to heaven or a state of bliss, nirvana is actually the absence of all states (Buddhism p.45). The word literally means “to extinguish” , this means that when someone reaches nirvana, they stop existing absolutely. Even though nirvana is the greatest salvation of this religion the Buddha himself didn 't focus too much on this topic. He explains how nirvana is a destination and how one should focus on the path that leads to that destination. Some people focus on the end result (nirvana) rather than focusing and learning about the path they are currently living. “But when the envelopment of consciousness has been annihilated, then he becomes free of all fear, beyond the reach of change, enjoying final nirvana” (Buddhism p.121). Nirvana is very important to many people because once you reach it there is no need to get

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