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What is nirvana? What is consciousness?
I'm back to this fundamental question, no explanations have satisfied me. I am told it is the "end of suffering", but it also sounds a whole lot like annihilation, but then am told there is nothing to be annihilated since there never was anything. Well in that case, I might as well believe there is something instead of realize I am nothing and then become such. Ignorance is bliss?
I talked to a buddhist girl and she said Nirvana was unifying with the universe/existence. I doubted it, since I once thought so too, but everyone in these forums didn't think so. I also read somewhere that buddhism is actually pantheistic, but doesn't refer to a "God" since it has too many connotations to a judeo-christian God and the gods of Hinduism.
I don't know I think information has been confusing me in what nirvana is, and it really is unification with all, and the whole, "you are nothing" thing is stating that there is no stable self that is "theuprising", that identity is under constant flux. Once you renounce attachment to identities, you will realize the depth w/in your own consciousness.
Also in buddhism, consciousness isn't regarded highly? I've read consciousness IS the "life force" but it is dependent on matter to exist, as matter is dependent on it? And thus consciousness is simply the result of moving mind states and not the essence of the universe or something as is the common belief in spirituality? Thx beforehand, I'm just confused and no one gives me straight answers...