The Buddha shows the exit he found
Dhammapada Verse 153. Through many a rebirth in samsara have I wandered in vain, seeking the builder of this house (of life). Repeated birth is indeed suffering!
154. O house-builder, you are seen! You will not build a house again. For your rafters are broken and your ridgepole snapped. Mind has reached the unconditioned [nirvana]. The destruction of craving has been reached.*
- [Note 13: (vv. 153-154) According to the Commentary, these verses are the Buddha's "Song of Victory," his first utterance after his great enlightenment that marked his release from the rebirth system we are all trapped in. The house is individualized existence in samsara, the house-builder craving, the rafters the passions, and the ridge-pole is ignorance.]
156. Those who in youth have not lead the left-home life, who have failed to acquire wealth, lie sighing over the past, like worn out arrows (shot from) a bow. More
- Buddhism (the Teaching of the Buddha) is all about making an end of rebirth -- by bringing ignorance, greed, and hatred to an end -- to bring about the end of all suffering. The Path of Purification by Ven, Buddhaghosa explains in detail, but the sutras, monastic code, and Ultimate Doctrine also point the way to freedom.