As an atheist, I believed in the words of an old Steppenwolf rock song: "When you're dead, you're gone."
Now, reading Ajahn Brahm's book, he makes clear that there is no "you" to be gone when "you're" dead. Only a process or two that you think is you. Ok, I'm content to continue working on this, but what's got me in a quandary is trying to discern the distinction in the end result
between the atheist end-result and nibbana. In either case, there's nothing left. As stated in the book, "Nibbana is the empty and natural process of body and mind doing its cessation thing."
Naturally, I'd prefer something more
(minus the suffering, of course
) but I can intellectually accept nothingness. I guess my real question would be, "does Nibbana hold any promise of anything over and above the atheist view of complete and total cessation?"