The literal translation of the word Nirvana tends to cause, I feel, a certain amount of misunderstanding. The word Nirvana literally means extinction, such as of a flame. This does not mean extinction of self. Rather the extinction of afflictions. This is because the purpose of Buddhism is liberation from suffering. Transcendence.
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Metta Bhavana is a Buddhist meditation practice known as the development of universal loving-kindness. It belongs to a set of meditations called brahma-viharas, which roughly means ‘abode of the gods’. As such metta meditation is considered to help us experience positive and enjoyable mental states similar to the mental states of the beings in the Buddhist god-realm.