This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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Nirvana in light of the Mahayana

In the Hinayana, Nibbana was the extinguishing of passion and death of the individual: there was no corresponding metaphysical interpretation attached to this term and it was limited to the point of view of humanity, as was the manner of speaking of the Buddha.

In the Mahayana, the doctrine is amplified to the point that it takes on the appearance of an extreme nihilism, teaching the unreality of the whole world of Becoming. In the Vajracchedika Sutra, we read:

“And again, O Subhuti, a gift should not be given by a Bodhisattva, while he still believes in the reality of objects; a gift should not be given by him while he yet believes in anything; a gift should not be given by him while he still believes in form; a gift should not be given by him while he still believes in the special qualities of sound, smell, taste, and touch…And why? Because that Bodhisattva, O Subhuti, who gives a gift, without believing in anything, the measure of his stock of merit is not easy to learn!”

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