Do you think anyone since Buddha has reached nirvana?
Has anyone living today actually reached nirvana?
Is there a way to know if another person has reached nirvana?
There is actually a journal called ""What is Enlightenment?"
They devote thousands of pages to the subject. Its good stuff. Yet, it seems like when they speak of enlightened individuals, it is always some person that lived 100 or more years ago, who was said to be enlightened, etc. "This person knew that person who visited that temple and met an enlightened master."
They never directly mentioned anyone who is living, who is enlightened.
Some may say that a vegetarian who practices nonviolence is enlightened. With this definition, there might be millions of enlightened people out there.
But using a more strict definition, say: one who has reached nirvana, are there ANY out there?
1.a. Buddhism: The ineffable ultimate in which one has attained disinterested wisdom and compassion.
b. Hinduism: Emancipation from ignorance and the extinction of all attachment.
2. An ideal condition of rest, harmony, stability, or joy.
1. Buddhism & Hinduism: A blessed state in which the individual transcends desire and suffering and attains Nirvana.
There are so many charlatans out there who will take you on a "Spiritual Retreat Week" for $2000+. How is one to know who has actually achieved nirvana?
Is there actually currently anyone on earth who has reached nirvana?
Have you met someone you considered enlightened?
Example: Ram Dass says he considered his guru Neem Karoli Baba enlightened. This guru would do things like tell Dass stories about his mother, with information that no one outside the family knew. He was said to perform miracles. For this and other reasons, Dass considered him to be enlightened. BUT: This guru was far away in India. Almost on purpose, he didn't give directions on how to reach Baba. He is now deceased. Again, its innuendo and not a direct experience.
I've seen photos of gurus sitting in caves who seem to have eyes glowing. They seem to be a different breed. They might be somewhere. But these are 80 year old photos.
Are there any living people who are in nirvana? Who are they? Where are they?