Talk:Nirvana

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Pali and Sanskrit[edit]

This page confusingly fluctuates between the sanskrit term nirvana and the pali term anatta, sometimes appearing in the same sentence together. The page should use one or the other for its main vocabulary, and mark those words that askew that standard as being in Pali or Sanskrit. Since the page is titled Nirvana, it would make sense to replace the Pali anatta with sanskrit anatma for consistency as would be expected in any academic work.
The following excerpt shows how confusing this is:

"Hinduism has the concept of Atman, which is the soul, self;[59][60][61] it asserts that Atman exists in every living being, while Buddhism asserts through its anatta doctrine that there is no Atman in any living being.[62][63] Nirvana in Buddhism is "stilling mind, cessation of desires, and action" unto emptiness, while nirvana in post-Buddhist Hindu texts is, states Jeaneane Fowler, also "stilling mind but not inaction" and "not emptiness", rather it is the knowledge of true Self (Atman) and the acceptance of its universality and unity with metaphysical Brahman."
the opposite of atman is anatman or the opposite of atta is anatta; you cannot mix and match.Iṣṭa Devatā (talk) 03:37, 29 October 2016 (UTC)
@Iṣṭa Devatā: Why not use the most common English term used in the reliable sources for these concepts (Anatta and Atman is what the sources predominantly use)? This is English rendering, after all. Were it "Sanskrit-language wikipedia" or "Pali-language wikipedia", I would agree with you. We need to stick with the reliable sources. Ms Sarah Welch (talk) 13:38, 29 October 2016 (UTC)

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