Ching Ch'ing, a Chinese Ch'an master, asked a monk:
-What is the sound outside?
The monk answered:
-That is the sound of rain.
The master said:
-Sentient beings are upside down, they lose themselves in pursuit of things.
When he was still a Bodhisattva, the Buddha himself once said about Nirvana in his Jataka:
"When the fire of lust is extinct, that is Nirvana; When the fire of hatred and infatuation are extinct, that is Nirvana; When pride, false belief and all other passions and torments are extinct, that is Nirvana."
The d.o.m.'s question: Can Nirvana be attained and abided with?
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