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Does Nirvana = Happiness? Does Heaven?
Leszek Kolakowski: "Both Buddhism and Christianity suggest that the ultimate liberation of the soul is also perfect serenity: total peace of the spirit. And perfect serenity is tantamount to perfect immutability ... like the happiness of a stone. Do we really want to say that a stone is the perfect embodiment of salvation and Nirvana? ... We are told that Nirvana entails the abandonment of the self. This might be taken to suggest that there can be ... happiness without a subject - just happiness, unrelated to anyone's being happy. Which seems absurd."
The New York Review of Books 12/20/12
Posted December 12, 2012 12:50 AM
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