Daily quote from 'The Survey': cessation is not the last word

Posted by vajratara on Mon, 17 April, 2017 - 19:48
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To celebrate 60 years since the publication of ‘The Survey of Buddhism’, here is today’s quote:

Cessation is, however, far from being the last word of Buddhism.  Though indicated mainly by negative expressions, Nirvāna, the goal of the disciple’s career, is not in itself a state of mere non-existence… What the disciple achieves with the breaking of the last link of the chain binding him to phenomenal existence can be described not only as the cessation of ignorance, but also, more positively, as the attainment of Supreme Enlightenment - sambodhi; or Wisdom, prajñā.  Ch1.14

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