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Nirvana and the Buddhist Path to Enlightenment

Nirvana is a core teaching of the Buddha Dharma, and it's commonly misunderstood. Some people think  Nirvana refers to a Buddhist version of the Christian heaven. And while there are countless heaven (and hell) realms in Buddhism, none of them are called Nirvana. Similarly, some people think that Nirvana is synonymous with enlightenment. But this is also incorrect. Nirvana is an important step towards the realization of enlightenment, however, it is a separate thing. If we want to have a good understanding of Nirvana, we must put our pre-conceived notions aside, and look at how Buddha defined the term. Then we can use that knowledge to develop a praxis (practical application) of this term in daily life. In the Nirvana Sutra , Buddha describes this state of being by saying: Good man, what is analogous is when a man or woman wants to light a lamp they fill it with oil, regardless of its size. As long as there is oil, its light will be present. When the oil has been exhausted,
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