To attain nirvana, lose attachment to the false image of self. Losing this attachment is freedom, freedom from fear; with fear removed, peace and joy blossom.
“True self is non-self, the awareness that the self is made only of non-self elements. There’s no separation between self and other, and everything is interconnected. Once you are aware of that you are no longer caught in the idea that you are a separate entity.”
Losing the attachment to false self is a main step towards enlightenment.
— Insights from “Discourse on Knowing the Better Way to Catch a Snake” read in Sangha on 5/7/2017