Single Idea 7908

[catalogued under 29. Religion / D. Religious Issues / 2. Immortality / d. Heaven]

Full Idea

When an accomplished saint comes to the end, he does not go anywhere down in the earth or up in the sky, nor into any of the directions of space, but because his defilements have become extinct he simply ceases to be disturbed.

Gist of Idea

At the end of a saint, he is not located in space, but just ceases to be disturbed


Ashvaghosha (Saundaranandakavya [c.50], XVI)

Book Reference

'Buddhist Scriptures', ed/tr. Conze,Edward [Penguin 1959], p.114

A Reaction

To 'cease to be disturbed' is the most attractive account of heaven I have encountered. It all sounds a bit dull though. I wonder, as usual, how they know all this stuff.