Chapter 4 The Third Noble Truth : Nirodha: ‘The Cessation of Dukkha’

Chapter 4

The Third Noble Truth : Nirodha: ‘The Cessation of Dukkha’

1.What is the Third Noble Truth?

Sutra mentioned in book:  The Lankavatara Sutra

2.Because human language is poor and there is no such category to explain the supra-mundane experience of Nirvana. The Buddha has expressed Nirvana by skillful means in negative terms. What are a few examples the Buddha gives?

3.Is Nirvana the annihilation of self? Why or why not?

Sutta mentioned in book: We can get  some idea of Nirvana as Absolute Truth from MN 140   Dhātuvibhanga Sutta

4.What does it mean for the Bhikkhu in MN140 who knows “Finished is birth, lived is pure life, what should be done is done, nothing more is left to be done.” ?

5. What is the Absolute Truth according to Buddhism?

6. What is the realization of this Truth?

7. What is the Mahayana view of Nirvana?

8. Is Nirvana the result of the Path? Why or why not?

9. What is an Arahant compared to after his death? Why?

10. How do we realize Nirvana for ourselves?


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