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it ‘does not exist’, nor does it mean that it is something mythical or unreal, nor that it is nothing; it simply means, as we shall see, that nibbåna is the essential difference between an earlier state and a later, between an ordinary living being and an Arahat. What has the Buddha said about nibbåna? We can hardly find a fuller description than the following Sutta affords. Vuttaµ hetaµ bhagavatå vuttamarahatå ti me sutaµ. Dve-må bhikkhave nibbånadhåtuyo. Katamå dve? Saupådiseså ca nibbånadhåtu anupådiseså ca nibbånadhåtu. Katamå ca bhikkhave saupådiseså nibbånadhåtu? Idha bhikkhave bhikkhu arahaµ hoti kh⁄~åsavo vusitavå katakara~⁄yo ohitabhåro anuppattasadattho parikkh⁄~abhavasaµyojano sammadaññåvimutto. Tassa ti††hanteva pañcindriyåni, yesaµ avighåtattå manåpåmanåpaµ paccanubhoti, sukhadukkhaµ pa†isaµvediyati. Tassa yo rågakkhayo dosakkhayo mohakkhayo, ayaµ vuccati bhikkhave saupådiseså nibbånadhåtu. Katamå ca bhikkhave anupådiseså nibbånadhåtu? Idha bhikkhave bhikkhu arahaµ hoti kh⁄~åsavo vusitavå katakara~⁄yo ohitabhåro anuppattasadattho parikkh⁄~abhavasaµyojano sammadaññåvimutto. Tassa idheva bhikkhave sabbavedayitåni anabhinanditåni s⁄tibhavissanti, ayaµ vuccati bhikkhave anupådiseså nibbånadhåtu. Imå kho bhikkhave dve nibbånadhåtuyoti. Etam-atthaµ bhagavå avoca, tatthetaµ iti vuccati:

Duve imå cakkhumatå pakåsitå nibbånadhåt¨ anissitena tådinå ekå hi dhåtu idha di††hadhammikå saupådiseså bhavanettisaπkhayå anupådiseså pana samparåyikå yamhi nirujjhanti bhavåni sabbaso Ye etad-aññåya padaµ asaπkhataµ vimuttacittå bhavanettisaπkhayå te dhammasårådhigamå khaye ratå pahaµsu te sabbabhavåni tådino ti

Ayam-pi attho vutto bhagavatå iti me suttan-ti. (Itivuttakaµ, Dukanipåto, II,7)

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Early Writings (Seeking the Path - Ñāṇavīra Thera)  

Part B includes two early essays (Nibbana and Anatta and Sketch for a Proof of Rebirth) as well as notes from a Commonplace Book and Margina...