Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Definition of Nirvana - Part 1

First maybe it's good to learn one definition of nirvana, these differ somewhat from monastic university to another, but here's one. We will go through this one a few words at a time.

nyon sgrib means the mental afflictions that obscure. nyon is short of nyon smongs pa, mental afflictions, or kleshas in Sanskrit. Note that this is not nyon, as in listen! (imperativ of nyan pa, listening). This is a good example where it's better to start from the biggest possible construct, than going through the translation one small word at a time.

The second word is sgrib, obscuration.

So, at this point of time the definition of nirvana has to do with the mental afflictions that obscure... Let's see what's next.

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