One day Yao-shan Wei-yen (750-834), one of the well-known Chinese Ch'an master, was asked by the host of the monastery to give his sermon to the assembly who for a long while was expecting his teaching. Yao-shan said: "Strike the bell."
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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