[Buddha-l] liturgical languages

Bill Kish wdkish81 at yahoo.com
Tue May 17 20:53:27 MDT 2005

> At death what is transformed is not some essence but the 
> various particulars that make up the human body, now in 
> process as a corpse, no longer in process as a 
> "mentating human." As a corpse, the former human's kleshas
> and everything else produced by mentation/lived experience 
> are irrelevant, hence parinirvana.

I thought only those who had attained nirvana while still
a "mentating human" went into parinirvana when they ceased
being a "mentating human"; parinirvana presupposes nirvana,
no ?  Otherwise, why not just say "he died" rather than 
"he went into parinirvana" ?

Bill Kish

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