Nirvana in plain language

In the teaching of Buddhism, most dharma teachers run into a dilemma — they wonder if they should teach about Nirvana.

In the mid-90s, I was privileged to be appointed as the lecturer of Buddhism at a Buddhist temple in Manhattan’s Chinatown. That was my first teaching job ever. I told the abbot what I wanted to cover. I said all I will be teaching is foundational Buddhism — the basic ideas such as the Four Noble…