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Book: Buddhism in Five Minutes

Chapter: 23. What is Nirvana?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.40761


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

Chapter Contributors

  • Arjuna Ranatunga ( - aranatunga) 'SOAS, University of London'