When one reaches enlightenment in Buddhism, they experience the cessation of aggregates: Consciousness, Material Phenomena, Mental Phenomena. Buddha apparently witnessed the cessation of all these.
This means that where some talk of transcendental consciousness, of exalted consciousness, of limitless consciousness, he, Gotama, went one step further. He succeeded in observing the disappearance of this cognition, the disappearance of this consciousness. Where there is talk of god, he saw the non-god. Where there is talk of “Buddhahood”, he saw its absence, he saw its disappearance. Where there is talk of nirvana, he saw the absence of nirvana.
I am interested to know what the Christian perspective of this could have been. Obviously God exists, so Buddha was deceived in some way? I was just wondering how he could have experienced the cessation of God, since God is all-pervading in existence?
Buddhists claim that this is not the same thing as deep sleep. One is still conscious during Nirvana, but since there is not mental or physical phenomena for consciousness to cling to, it has a similar effect to deep sleep, but it’s not the same thing according to them.