Interpretation of Concept of Nibbāna in Engaged Buddhism: A Case Study on Engaged Buddhist Leaders

Phan Anh Duoc

Abstract


Buddhism is a psycho-ethical tradition, proceeding with a system of thought as well as a definite path for realization of the flavor of life in state of existence. The thought and the practice go together like two wheels of a chariot for harmonious way-faring in life. For this, it has taken up only one problem and presents a practical solution. The problem is the suffering of the man and its total eradication is the solution. The former is called Dukkha and the latter Nibb􀆘na. In between two, there is a path that gradually takes one from the state of the former to the state of the latter. It is the basic characteristics of Dhamma, the righteous path, which is described by the Buddha as an ever-going raft. In short, both the Dukkha and Nibb􀆘na are the basic facts of life. The true Dhamma is to take the sentient beings from the state of suffering to the state of eternal bliss.


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