The easy answer to this would be the cessation of suffering. But cessation can be a pause or interruption in suffering, and not the permanent elimination.
But don’t each of us appreciate and enjoy moments of happiness that are free of suffering and dissatisfaction? Of course we do. And we do so greatly, that we cling to these moments with tremendous desire. But wait, clinging and desire are the causes of suffering! Oh no, this appears to be a vicious cycle, doesn’t it?
Well it is, it’s called samsara. The birth, death and rebirth that we constantly experience until we reach nibbana. And to relate this in non-Buddhist terms, isn’t this what we experience in reality moment by moment? We are happy, then sad, then happy again. Or think of it as satisfied, dissatisfied, and then satisfied once again. Over and over we experience these feelings or perceptions. And they are all truly perceptions, and what we form in our mind based on opinions, judgements, dogmas, attachments and aversions.
What if we were able to let go of desire and attachment, would we not become satisfied and happy?
Well not only do I think so, but I know so based on personal experience. I have tested for myself these teachings of the Buddha and found them to be profoundly true and wholesome.
And while I certainly have not eliminated all desire or attachments, I have eliminated a lot of them. And this does not mean I have given away all my worldly goods, nor have I abandoned my Family and loved ones. I have just learned to see and accept that they are not mine. I am learning this body is not mine, that other beings are not mine to own, control or possess. And if you notice your mind or body having an aversion to these ideas right now, then please be aware of how they are causing you discomfort and dissatisfaction.
It is in fact truly possible to love one another and enjoy this life without adding any delusions (avijja) about ownership or possession. Just being present, with great compassion (maha karuna), we can each experience peace and happiness not only for ourselves, but for all beings (mudita).
Today may each of become more aware and accepting of this life, and gain wisdom and understanding of the ten fetters.
“There are these ten fetters. Which ten? Five lower fetters & five higher fetters. And which are the five lower fetters? Self-identity views, uncertainty, grasping at precepts & practices, sensual desire, & ill will. These are the five lower fetters. And which are the five higher fetters? Passion for form, passion for what is formless, conceit, restlessness, & ignorance. These are the five higher fetters. And these are the ten fetters.”
And may you be well, happy and peaceful.