annihilation Misunderstanding of Anatta (q.v.), has led to idea of annihilation as goal of Buddhist endeavour. The only kind of annihilation taught by Buddha was that of the skandhas (q.v.) which form the evanescent part of man. When the Arhat enters Parinirvana he passes ‘beyond the vision of gods and men’ (i.e. losing objective existence but retaining subjective being).