"Nirvana is available in the here and now.
It is not a place to go to when we pass away.
It is available to all of us when we are alive.
The word “nirvana" was used by peasant farmers
in India to describe the cooling down of the ashes
after the fire is out. The Buddha used “nirvana”
to describe the cooling of the fire of afflictions -
namely the cooling of anger, fear, anxiety,
and so on. With mindfulness, concentration
and insight, each one of us can refresh our spirit,
cool our afflictions and touch nirvana
in the very here and now."
~ Thich Nhat Hanh