84000 Glossary of Terms

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མྱ་ངན་ལས་འདས་པ། | Glossary of Terms

    མྱ་ངན་ལས་འདས་པ།

    mya ngan las ’das pa

    nirvāṇa

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Literally “extinction,” the state beyond sorrow, it refers to the ultimate attainment of buddhahood, the permanent cessation of all suffering and of the afflicted mental states that lead to suffering. Three types of nirvāṇa are identified: (1) the residual nirvāṇa where the person is still dependent on conditioned psycho-physical aggregates, (2) the non-residual nirvāṇa where the aggregates have also been consumed within emptiness, and (3) the non-abiding nirvāṇa transcending the extremes of phenomenal existence and quiescence.