Ancient History

Which one of the following describes best the concept of Nirvana in Buddhism?

  1. A state of bliss and rest
  2. The extinction of the flame of desire
  3. A mental stage beyond all comprehension
  4. The complete annihilation of self

Answer

Nirvana is the earliest and most common term used to describe the goal of the Buddhist path. This term means the extinction of craving, or the extinction of the fires of attachment, aversion and ignorance. In the Buddhist view, when these fires are extinguished, suffering comes to an end, and one is released from the cycle of rebirth.

The correct option is B.