Rather than a remote transcendent state, nirvana is a liberating relationship with all things. For Nagarjuna, it is simply "the letting go of what rises and passes" and, as such, is neither something nor nothing. It suggests a freedom that cannot be pinned down in either time or space, prompting Nagarjuna to ask:
What do you think
Of a freedom that never happened?
What do you make
Of a life that won't go away?
---"Verses from the Center" by Stephen Batchelor