January 3, 2019 at 1:36 am #21137
This is what I think. Nibbana is not non-existence. But I think parinibbana (which happens during the death of a being who has attained Nibbana) is non-existence.
I think the Buddha would have advised us to strive for permanent non-existence rather than rebirth as a deva or brahma, to be very direct and blunt. This seems to be a very important message of the Buddha, although most people resist that and find that to be depressing and contrary to their beliefs. That is also why the message of the Buddha is so hard to comprehend and accept.