Q. Is Nirvana the same as heaven? Is that where Buddha is today?

A. Nirvana is to Buddhism as heaven is to Christianity. You should know that you are already in Nirvana all the time. The reason why you are not in Nirvana is not that it is far away from you but that you are not aware that you are there.

Regarding your second question, Nirvana is where Buddha is, that is, only Buddha, and no one else, can be in Nirvana. As mentioned above, if you are already in Nirvana, it means that you are already Buddha and that you need not seek any other Buddha since you are Buddha. The truth is that you are not Buddha, not because you are not Buddha but because you are ignorant of the fact that you are Buddha.

You have been and will be Buddha forever, and so you have been and will be in Nirvana forever. Whether you will be in Nirvana as Buddha or stay as a sentient being depends on whether or not you realise this truth.

©Boo Ahm

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