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In Buddhism, nirodha, "cessation," "extinction," or "suppression,"[1] refers to the cessation or renouncing of craving and desire. It is the third of the Four Noble Truths, stating that suffering (dukkha) ceases when craving and desire are renounced. [1]

According to Thubten Chodron, Nirodha is the final disappearance of all bad experiences and their causes in such a way that they can no longer occur again.[2] This is achieved through the cultivation of the Noble Eightfold Path, which includes the practices of right understanding, right intention, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration. The attainment of nirodha leads to the realization of Nibbana (also known as Nirvana), a state of perfect peace and freedom from suffering.

See also[edit]

  • Apatheia – Stoic concept of being undisturbed by passions
  • Ataraxia – Concept in Hellenistic philosophy


  1. ^ a b Buswell & Lopez 2013, p. "nirodha".
  2. ^ Thubten Chodron. Articles & Transcripts of Teachings on Lamrim: The Gradual Path to Enlightenment. Dharma Friendship Foundation. (The Twelve Links, part 2 of 5)


  • Ajahn Sumedho (2002), The Four Noble Truths, Amaravati Publications
  • Buswell, R.E.; Lopez, D.S. (2013). "nirodha". The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism. Princeton University Press. p. 588. ISBN 978-1-4008-4805-8.