Monday, January 20, 2014

Eternal Oblivion?

Can nirvāṇa in a conservative sense called “eternal oblivion”? In a sense perhaps, one could.

Cf. “Oblivion, or eternal oblivion, is the philosophical concept that the individual self ‘experiences’ a state of permanent non-existence after death. Belief in oblivion denies the belief that there is an afterlife (such as a HeavenPurgatory or Hell), or any state of existence or consciousness after death. The belief in ‘eternal oblivion’ stems from the idea that the brain creates the mind; therefore, when the brain dies, the mind ceases to exist. Some reporters describe this state as ‘nothingness.’ Many people who believe in an eternal oblivion, believe that the concept of an afterlife is scientifically impossible. Such views are typically held by atheists” (Wiki, s.v.).

1 comment:

  1. "Cool, your hint..."; a highly interesting, recommending, yet delicate topic to ponder; it indicates the inherent cognitive relationship between "buddha-hood“ and "bodhisattva-hood“. The link between the two "secret notions" could/would be effectuated by pranidhana (vow, pledge, compassionate setting/settlement) strenghtened through recognizing/accepting "eternal oblivion“. But the ascertainment of „this seeing“ has its price! The bodhisattva devotionally knows it and intrepidely goes ahead…; sincerely, mikael.