“Nirvana, the Third Dharma Seal, is the ground of being, the substance of all that is. A wave does not have to die in order to become water. Water is the substance of the wave. The wave is already water. We are also like that. We carry in us the ground of interbeing, nirvana, the world of no-birth, and no-death no permanence and no impermanence, no self and no nonself. Nirvana is the complete silencing of concepts. The notions of impermanence and nonself were offered by the Buddha as instruments of practice, not as doctrines to worship, fight, or die for.... If you know how to use the tools of impermanence and nonself to touch reality, you touch nirvana in the here and now.”
—Thich Nhat Hahn
Seeing Nirvana as the substance of all that is resembles seeing the arrow in the Fed Ex logo. It’s always been there, but until it pops out, you realize you haven’t seen it even though you may have looked straight at it countless times.
Here’s an Etheree:
Under my nose
Like animal breath
Ground beneath loving-kindness
Here, now, near, far, above, below
Everything, everywhere, everywhen—
Empty heart-center aglow in the void.
TNH's suggestion to look for impermanence and nonself everywhere and with dogged persistence is advice well worth considering.