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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago

Is it possible for a non-Buddhist to achieve Nirvana?

I understand that for sure the answer to the question above is yes. As in it is possible for everyone to achieve Nirvana in another lifetime. Cause even if you have to be Buddhist to achieve Nirvana, you undoubtably have another chance to be Buddhist if Buddhism is correct.

But can you achieve Nirvana as a non-Buddhist? Can a Christian monk achieve Nirvana by living a good life? What if he inadvertantly practices the majority of the teachings of Buddha? For example, he doesn't believe in harming any of God's creatures.

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    This is something of a paradox. Nirvana is liberation from cyclic existence, so it would follow that someone who had developed renunciation of cyclic existence and sought liberation from it had found a true pathway mind. But what is cyclic existence and how can it be isolated from the rest of the postulate that there is, in fact, a mental continuum that arises in dependence on the previous moments mental continuum which is beginningless {and endless}? So, nirvana is cessation, but it is not the complete enlightenment of Buddhahood. Nirvana is a kind-of personal peace that can be achieved by one person for him or herself alone - and for this to occur - one has to achieve the direct perception of emptiness, or dependent arising; the final nature of reality. Further, since emptiness is unique to the Buddhist tenet systems - no matter how it is described or asserted - it would be impossible for a non-Buddhist to achieve Nirvana. They could achieve some kind of facsimile - a kind of tranced-out bliss state in this life quite readily by applying some sort of meditative technique that induces a single-pointed concentration, but this is not a true path. For this one, there still looms the intermediate state experience and the attendant grasping and negativity that will only create future collections of aggregates for the mental continuum to be "thrust into." This is like a hermit crab taking on a new shell or a person checking out of one hotel and then checking into another. This process is without {a definite} beginning and therefore without {a definite} end; unless, one applies effective countermeasures such as the wisdom realizing emptiness coupled with bodhicitta - the mind that aspires to enlightenment for the benefit of the three types of beings. This is an excellent question and thank you for asking it. I hope this answer is of some use to you.

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  • Thomas
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    What is Nirvana? Nirvana is a dimension transcending time and space and thus is difficult to talk about or even to think about. Words and thoughts being only suited to describe the time-space dimension. But because Nirvana is beyond time, there is no movement and so no aging or dying. Thus Nirvana is eternal. Because it is beyond space, there is no causation, no boundary, no concept of self and not-self and thus Nirvana is infinite. The Buddha also assures us that Nirvana is an experience of profound happiness. The Buddha says that 'Nirvana is the highest happiness.'

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    Nirvana is achieved by the practice of The Noble Eightfold Path-and-since Buddhism is more a philosophy than a religion-anyone can practice The Noble Eightfold Path along with their current religion. So in this context-'anyone' can achieve Nirvana.

    Hope this helps.

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  • 4 years ago

    This what a lot of people think because there is a large gap within the Bible stories of his teenage years. Buddhism existed way before the Old Testament even existed so it can be a plausible idea. Additional details- People wondered what happened during this large gap within the story and they came up with the idea that Jesus might have went to a foreign place to learn about the concepts of Buddhism. Otherwise, how would he have made religion out of the blue when his childhood stories do not have any signs of him having interest in having apostles or teaching mass amounts of people. I'm going to get thumbs down D:

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Anyone who cultivates in the righteous path can reach Nirvana.

    Assuming Nirvana means reaching heaven after death, there was Jesus and many monks. Among the Christians, St. Bernadette of Lourdes is another living proof that her body remains intact as of today after her death.

    Cultivator who achieves or practices Nirvana usually by living a hard life because he/she always has to eliminate the karma via suffering, long meditation practice, fighting bad human desires and doing do deeds.

    Some useful information about Nivrana can be found in "Dual Cultivation of Nature and Longevity" in the book of Zhuan Falun.

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  • RINrin
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    YES you can...as a buddhist..i have never heard that you have to be a buddhist to achieve anything. there are NO restriction.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Nirvana is paradise, enlightenment, peace. I don't think these concepts are strictly buddhist ideals.

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  • 1 decade ago

    He who abandoned self, he is the one who entered Nibanna.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Good.Non Budhas CAN BE LOVING GOD.Budha is only one avatar.FOLLOWING HIM all avatars came.That later will tell .THINK OF GOD.

    ALL LOVERS OF GOD WILL ACHIEV NIRVNA, HE WILL GIVE YOU GOOD LIFE .GOD CRAVES FOR LOVE

    ALL ARE GOD'S CREATURES .YOU KNOW GOD SAID THAT WE ARE ALL PART OF GOD.HE SAID THEPOWER OF GOD IS WITHIN US

    BELIEVE GOD

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