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Nirvana (The Band) and Other Misuses of Buddhist Terms

SanmonGate Feb2015
If you are searching to understand what Nirvana means, make sure you search the words, “Nirvana and Buddhism.” If not, you will get an excessive amount of information about grunge music in the early 1990s.  Nirvana is not the only Buddhist term that has been commandeered by pop culture. Karma, Bodhisattva and the word, Buddha, itself, are frequently referenced with little of no connection to their actual meaning.

Buddhist Meanings

Bodhisattva refers to one of the Ten Worlds. The Bodhisattvas of the Earth are the bodhisattvas of the Essential Teaching (Honmon) who first appeared in the “Emerging from the Earth” (Yujutsu—15th) Chapter of the Lotus Sutra.

Buddha is an honorific title meaning “enlightened one” and is bestowed upon a person who has perfectly fused his subjective wisdom with the objective reality of life. Read more …

Karma signifies the actions of living beings that potentially affect their future. Karma is created through the three categories of action. Read more …

Nirvana is the title of a Buddhist sutra. The sufferings of birth and death are in themselves nirvana.

Visit our Buddhist Temple

The best place to learn about the real meaning of these terms is a Buddhist Temple. Visit Myosenji Temple on Sunday, February 15th at 2:00 pm. Our Chief Priest will explain the Ten Worlds and how these Buddhist terms are properly used.