After describing the truth of suffering, the Buddha went on to describe the origin of suffering, the cessation of suffering, and the path that leads to the cessation of suffering. The cessation of suffering is also called nirvana, the “blowing out” of desire. Like the concept of suffering, nirvana can seem very negative at first.
In some respects, this is inescapable. Nirvana constitutes the definitive end of the cycle of rebirth. But nirvana does not need to be viewed in a purely negative way, especially when it is understood not just as the end of life, but as a realization that infuses and enlivens the Buddha’s experience from the time of his awakening to the moment of his death.