In buddhism, how does one reach nirvana by giving up all things? What is the difference between this and death?

2016-04-14 07:57
I think by giving up all desires would you not starve to death? What is the point in living?
Well as for reaching nirvana.. if I knew that I wouldn't be here ;) so no clue really... As i understand it, the difference between death and attaining nirvana however is that when one dies they believe you are reborn over and over until you learn the lessons and gain the spiritual knowledge to attain nirvana. Once Nirvana is achieved you no longer need to be reborn, your essence, your spirit, ceases to exist individually and you become one with the source of all knowledge, power etc in the universe (basically you get absorbed back into that source and your experiences help to expand the Source.. umm.. sort of like instead of going to be WITH "God" you become a PART of "God" though Buddhist don't actually believe in Deity in that way so it's not a perfect example.. just to put it in perspective for those who are unfamiliar with the beliefs)
You still eat and drink. Didn't Jesus say to abandon all possessions as well?
nirvana=bliss, death=nothing returning to energy source=completion
It's not giving up things in the physical sense, as in giving up all your material possessions and living in the wild. It's about not allowing these things to control you, and giving up the feeling that you need material things to be complete. It's basically like removing all the static in your life, cell phone, car payment, what cloths to wear today, does my girlfriend love me, do I make enough money, will my kids grow up to be happy, etc. etc. etc. and etc. It's not about becoming lazy and apathetic, or not carrying about these things, just not letting them 'own' you.
You have to end desire to achieve nirvana and it takes a long time because they believe in reincarnation so it takes many lifetimes
There is a difference between a "desire" and a physical necessity. Achieving enlightenment is, to Buddhists, the result of being able to discard worldly desires in a spiritual sense; not letting them rule your consciousness.

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