“Nirvāṇa” is another one of those Buddhist terms that get a lot of hype, and hype makes it easier to develop attachment that impedes progress. Literally it means “blowing out”, like a candle.
The metaphor is that greed, anger, and delusion are like fires that bring us misery, and they are endlessly fueled, so it’s up to each of us to extinguish our own flames.
@mithriltabby yes and as one person explained, the flame goes out, but the wick and the candle (or the log of wood) representing the body, is still there. In Sanskrit, the fire is ‘unbound’ from the candle or the wood. In modern terms it becomes potential energy. That is unbinding or nirodha or nibbana.
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