A. No one can know it clearly until he experiences it in person, just as you cannot know clearly the taste of kimchi, traditional Korean food, no matter how well it is explained until you try it in person. You cannot help but fail to grasp Nirvana if you try to understand it through words because using words is no other than discrimination.
Then, you might raise a question, ‘What is the use of all the Sutras, Dharma talks delivered by the Buddha?’ It was because the Buddha was concerned about this that the Buddha said on his deathbed, “Not a word have I said.” You should know that the Buddha said what cannot be done and did what cannot be said. This is why ancient masters said that we should see beyond what reaches our eyes and hear beyond what reaches our ears.
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