As indicated by the title, this sermon has something special to say about the famous fire simile given by the Buddha as an illustration to dispel certain misconception about Nibbana. Though I have done justice to this much debated topic in my earlier works ” this sermon might have something more conclusive for those who continue to doubt and demur. It is hoped that the term ” extinction’ – the biggest bug-bear behind the fire simile – will be understood in its correct perspective in the light of the sermon.
In these sermons Ven. Nyanananda attempted to “trace the original meaning and significance of the Pali term Nibbana based on the evidence from the discourses of the Pali Canon”.
Deliverance from Samsara which the Buddha discovered, we generally call “Nibbana” sometimes the Buddha made a special effort to explain to the world what sort of a deliverance it is. The passing way of the Arahant Dabbal Mallaputta was one such occasion. The topic we have chosen for our sermon today is a couplet of verse uttered with reference to that occasion.
Dabba Mallaputta was one of the wonderful disciples of Buddha. Beginning as well as the end of his life was wonderful.…..