Psychology — 13 May 2013

The ultimate goal of a Buddhist is freedom from the wheel of continual rebirth with its inherent suffering. This enlightened state where desire, hatred, and ignorance have been extinguished, is called Nirvana. Nirvana is a state of consciousness merging the spirit into the infinite good, a state of oneness with all. (Image from Jate Charoennish)

Nirvana is attainable by anyone. For those unable to pursue the ultimate goal of Nirvana, an objective of better rebirth through improved karma is an option. This is generally pursued by lay Buddhists in the hope that it will eventually lead to a life in which they are capable of pursing final enlightenment as members of the Sangha, the order of monks. (Image from Derek Galon)

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