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The Dalai Lama on Four Aspects of Nirvana

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 14:43 -- The Dalai Lama

Four Attributes of True Cessations

True cessations (nirodha-sacca, nirodha-satya) are the cessations of various levels of afflictions actualized by progressing through the paths to arhatship and full awakening. Afflictions are of two types: innate (sahaja) afflictions continue uninterruptedly from one lifetime to another, and conceptually acquired (parikalpita) afflictions are learned from incorrect philosophies. The final true cessation of an arhat, nirvāṇa—eradication of both acquired and innate afflictions—is the example of true cessations.