Buddhism and Nirvana

What do we mean by Nirvana? This is a concept talked about a lot. Very often something is compared to Nirvana when it is positive and pleasurable. This is the popular idea of Nirvana. But what the Buddha really experience when he achieved this state of Nirvana? What is this that Buddhism seeks?

Nirvana is not a positive concept in an Nirvana Singapore obvious way. If you think about the etymology of the word, it is quite negative. It means to blow out. Like to extinguish the flame of a candle. Nirvana presents a hard and cold image which, if looked without knowing the context in which it is conceived, we might think of it like something negative and something that we wouldn’t want to achieve. It’s really different to the goals of other religious traditions.

The best comparison that I can think of to try to explain what Buddhists mean by Nirvana is silence. Just silence. All the burden of our life is blown out, like the flame of a candle. To understand this, we have to know how Buddhists conceive human personality.

Buddhists often compare human personality to a flame. It is a fire that we fuel by all the Karma that we produce, all the actions that we perform to achieve a certain goal or to avoid a certain state. All that karma is like throwing logs on a great fire. And it burns constantly, changing from one moment to the next. This produces desire and suffering. Ultimately, Buddhists consider that all is suffering.

What Buddhists ultimately seek is to extinguish that flame. Nirvana is simply the extinction of that fire. We no longer have to suffer in the cycle of deaths and rebirths known as Samsara. This is a basic definition of Nirvana that I can give. It’s simly the extinction of the suffering that this life (or lives) produce.