that sphere is Nirvanaseeker242 wrote: “There is that sphere” does not say that someone is in that sphere.
neither a dying nor a reappearance
Tattha visākhā upāsikā vīsavassasataṃ jīvati, tathā pokkharasāti brāhmaṇo, brahmāyu brāhmaṇo, selo brāhmaṇo, bāvariyabrāhmaṇo, ānandatthero, mahākassapattheroti. Anuruddhatthero pana vassasatañceva paṇṇāsañca vassāni, bākulatthero vassasatañceva saṭṭhi ca vassāni. ayaṃ sabbadīghāyuko. Sopi dve vassasatāni na jīvati.
Fruitless discussions among Buddhists will, no doubt, last a lot longer than 200 years.Dictionary of Pali Proper Names wrote:According, to northern sources, Kassapa did not die; he dwells in the Kukkuṭagiri Mountains, wrapt in concentration, awaiting the arrival of Metteyya Buddha (Beal, op.cit., ii.142 f ).
Yes the sphere is nirvana and one who attains Nirvana has already realized that the notion of somebody is a mistake. There is neither a dying nor a reappearance because there isn't somebody to die or reappear to begin with.
“There is that sphere where there is no earth, no water, no fire nor wind; no sphere of infinity of space, of infinity of consciousness, of nothingness or even of neither-perception-nor non-perception; there, there is neither this world nor the other world, neither moon nor sun; this sphere I call neither a coming nor a going nor a staying still, neither a dying nor a reappearance; it has no basis, no evolution and no support: this, just this, is the end of dukkha.”seeker242 wrote: because nirvana is not even a place to begin with.