The aim of the Buddhist path is the elimination of suffering. “Everything that I teach,” the Buddha said, “serves only for the elimination of suffering.” It is possible to achieve this with the practice and advice of The Four Noble Truths. The condition which is ultimately achieved by the elimination of suffering is known as “Awakening or “Enlightenment” and synonymous with Nirvana.
Nirvana is not a location, rather a condition that exists independent of time and place, life and death.
Enlightenment is achieved when ignorance is removed through insight into the true nature of all phenomena.
Powerful concentration is necessary in order to see through the existing patterns and concepts of our minds, and thereby affect a change. Mindfulness and concentrated awareness are very helpful means to be able to realise the true reality. Meditation (LINK) is a helpful method, dedication and trust are preconditions.
In Buddhism the level of enlightenment is a non-conceptual level of being, which cannot be touched by notions, ideas, convictions and beliefs. Enlightenment is an impartial mental unselfconsciousness and thereby the complete liberation from the hypnotic power of our thoughts. Whoever is enlightened is free from all constricting conceptual notions including the notion of Enlightenment.