Jennifer HarouniHistory 4TA: Kevin ScullJanuary 30, 2008BuddhismCharacteristics of Ultimate RealityUltimate reality in Buddhism is reaching Nirvana, when one is full free from craving and the cycle of births, “the utter extinction of ageing and dying” (75). Yet, there is a mental state of mind that accompanies this extinction. Passage 12 in Novak explains the story of a Bodhisattva who goes through a couple nights trying to discover the ultimate reality and the final goal of living. As it describes the different thoughts that go through his mind, which outline Buddhist ideals in itself, the Bodhisattva finally becomes a Buddha, where “he could detect no self anywhere(…)became tranquil(…)and had reached perfection” (58). Much of the focus of Buddhist beliefs is that nothing in life is permanent, which help explains how one does not reach ultimate reality until he or she sees the world as “originally pure, unoriginated, impersonal and immaculate” (91). Since
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