|Escape to Reality. The Ultimate Truth is always the best place to be.|
|The Buddha reclining into final nirvana.|
- NOTE: The assumption, speculation, or deduction that nirvana is "nothingness" or "annihilation" is a pernicious wrong view. But it is a common misunderstanding. Other things are illusory and unreal, whereas nirvana is real. It is the ultimate truth. Other elements fall away, but nirvana persists. Yet, it is not a thing. And because it persists, freedom from all that is conditioned [dependent on supporting causes and conditions] is possible. And, therefore, freedom from what is painful, impermanent, and impersonal is possible.
|Buddhist Dictionary (Ven. Nyanatiloka)|
- (a) the contemplation of impermanence (aniccā-anupassanā) is the first of the 18 chief kinds of insight-wisdom;
- (b) the contemplation or knowledge of arising and vanishing (udayabbayānupassanā-ñāna) is the first of nine kinds of knowledge that lead to the "purification by knowing-and-seeing of path-progress." (See visuddhi, VI).