He teaches the annihilation, the destruction,
the extermination of existing beings.”
I am not a nihilist; I do not proclaim annihilation.
I have been falsely misrepresented thus.
Both formerly and now, what I teach is
suffering and the cessation of suffering.
—Buddha Shakyamuni, Madhyama Agama (parallel version in Pali Alagaddupama Sutta)