The Signless and the Deathless

The Signless and the Deathless On the Realization of Nirvana

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Nirvana is a critical part of the Buddhist path, though it remains a difficult concept to fully understand for Buddhist practitioners. In The Signless and the Deathless: On the Realization of Nirvana, scholar-monk Bhikkhu Analayo breaks new ground, or rediscovers old ground, by showing the reader that realizing Nirvana entails "a complete stepping out of the way the mind usually constructs experience." With his extraordinary mastery of canonical Buddhist languages, Venerable Analayo first takes the reader through discussions in early Buddhist suttas on signs (Pali nimitta), the characteristic marks of things that signal to us what they are, and on cultivating concentration on signlessness as a meditative practice. Through practicing bare awareness, we can stop defilements that come from grasping at signs-and stop signs from arising in the first place. He then turns to deathlessness. Deftly avoiding the extremes of nihilism and eternalism that often cloud our understanding of Nirvana, Venerable Analayo shows us that deathless as an epithet of Nirvana "stands for the complete transcendence of mental affliction by mortality"-ours or others'-and that it is achievable while still alive. Advanced practitioners and scholars alike will value the work for its meticulous academic expertise and its novel way of explaining the highest of all Buddhist goals-the final end of suffering.

Book information

ISBN: 9781614298885
Publisher: Wisdom Publications
Imprint: Wisdom Publications
Pub date:
Edition: First edition
DEWEY: 294.3423
DEWEY edition: 23/eng/20230308
Language: English
Number of pages: viii, 236
Weight: 494g
Height: 160mm
Width: 237mm
Spine width: 28mm