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Old 12-08-2003, 09:49 PM
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Ricardo,

You're right about the 4 Noble Truths. These have stood the test of time and remain integral to every form of Buddhism that exists today. The point I was making about nibbana is the direct conclusion of those truths:

"Suffering" is based on desire, desire from the belief of permanence. We believe that things are, and that things never change; we believe that we are, and that there is something in us that never changes. Buddhism teaches of the impermanence of all things, this includes the impermanence of self. Selfness, in fact, is an illusion, it is THE illusion that results in suffering.

Cheers for the comment and the suggestions,

alex

p.s. As I said Buddhism is not generally spoken of this way, even in Theravada Buddhism. I learned from a group of monks that are very much in the minority these days, monks who try to rely on the oldest texts. Most monks today rely on the interpretive texts written centuries after the Buddha, texts that try to reconcile India's Brahmanic traditions to the rebel philosophy of Siddhartha himself. Cheers!
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