13 January 2022

Nirvana is Samsara and Samsara is Nirvana - Spacious Passion


The experience of samsara is the base of Sutrayana. The teachings of Sutrayana arise in response to our experience of samsara as unsatisfactory. The idea of samsara experienced as dissatisfaction implies the existence of nirvana as a fulfilling experience. Nirvana may mistakenly be thought of as an ‘other-worldly state’, a pure land, heaven, or paradise. This is a misconception. Samsara is nirvana. Nirvana is samsara. They are the same environment. They are exactly the same circumstances. It is our relationship with environment and circumstance which changes our experience. When we gain realisation, we will not suddenly find ourselves reborn into a totally new physical existence. Rather, we will discover ourselves reborn in the reality of our present existence with awakened view.

Spacious Passion, Ngakma Nor´dzin, Aro Books Worldwide, 2006,ISBN 978-0-9653948-4-0, chapter 7, Sparkling Puddles, page 159


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