Dependent arising is the backbone of the Buddha's doctrine -- all the other lessons he taught relate to it, or refer to it in some way -- yet it is the least understood.
Author: Linda S. Blanchard
Dependent arising is the backbone of the Buddha's doctrine -- all the other lessons he taught relate to it, or refer to it in some way -- yet it is the least understood. There is a confusion of theories as to its meaning: is it about three lives, or one? about rebirth or moment-to-moment creation of the ego? Yet when dependent arising is seen in the light of the central myth of the Buddha's day (the creation of First Man and how that relates to our creation of self) the whole structure becomes much clearer, and many of the points of confusion are straightened out. People have long asked, for example, how the 'actions' of the second step precede consciousness in the third, or why we seem to be being told that we would want to completely stop consciousness, and contact with the world, and feeling. All these questions are easily answered when we see where the structure came from, and what the lesson is really about.
This is the story of fifth century CE India, when the Yogacarin Buddhists tested the awareness of unawareness, and became aware of human unawareness to an extraordinary degree.
Author: William S Waldron
This is the story of fifth century CE India, when the Yogacarin Buddhists tested the awareness of unawareness, and became aware of human unawareness to an extraordinary degree. They not only explicitly differentiated this dimension of mental processes from conscious cognitive processes, but also offered reasoned arguments on behalf of this dimension of mind. This is the concept of the 'Buddhist unconscious', which arose just as philosophical discourse in other circles was fiercely debating the limits of conscious awareness, and these ideas in turn had developed as a systematisation of teachings from the Buddha himself. For us in the twenty-first century, these teachings connect in fascinating ways to the Western conceptions of the 'cognitive unconscious' which have been elaborated in the work of Jung and Freud. This important study reveals how the Buddhist unconscious illuminates and draws out aspects of current western thinking on the unconscious mind. One of the most intriguing connections is the idea that there is in fact no substantial 'self' underlying all mental activity; 'the thoughts themselves are the thinker'. William S. Waldron considers the implications of this radical notion, which, despite only recently gaining plausibility, was in fact first posited 2,500 years ago.
10.2 Saṅkhāras as a Link in Dependent Arising In the context of dependent
arising, the saṅkhāras also act as volitional formations, yet their role is different
due to the basic difference between the two schemes of the aggregates and of ...
Author: Bhikkhu Analayo
Publisher: Pariyatti Publishing
For those who approach Buddhism as a system of mental development, this book is a reliable and accessible guide to understanding the significance of themes from the Pali discourses. Themes include grasping, right view, craving, passion, contemplation of feeling, happiness, and liberation. A rare combination of scholarly rigor and extensive meditation experience from the author provides veracity to these studies and explorations.
If there is dependent arising, there are things dependently arisen. If things are
dependently arisen, there is dependent arising.37 Now, within the context of
dependent arising the term “conditions” is invariably described as consisting of
Author: S. Bodhesako
Publisher: Buddhist Publication Society
This book contains all the known published and unpublished essays by S. Bodhesako: Beginnings, Change, The Buddha and Catch-22, The Myth of Sisyphus, Faith, and Being and Craving. In the first essay, Beginnings, the author discusses the authenticity and relevance of the Buddhist Canon. The second essay, Change, investigates the concepts of change, impermanence and time in relation to experience and argues against equating them with the concept of flux or continuous change. In the third essay, The Buddha and Catch-22, the similarities between Joseph Heller’s novel and the Buddha’s Teaching are discussed. The next essay, The Myth of Sisyphus, is a Buddhist reinterpretation of the Greek myth of Sisyphus, which is symbolizing the endless, recurring nature of our tasks. Ven. Bodhesako also discusses Albert Camus’ interpretation of this myth. The essay Faith investigates the relevance of faith in the Buddha’s Teaching, while the last essay, Being and Craving, deals with the Buddhist concept of craving and its traditional interpretation.
As seen in the Aíìasáhasriká Prajñápáramitá, all dharmas are said to be non-
arising (na utpáda), noncessation (na nirodha), noncoming (nakutascidágataå),
nongoing (na kvacid gaccati). Elsewhere in the same text, dependent-origination
Author: Joseph Walser
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Joseph Walser provides the first examination of Nagarjuna's life and writings in the context of the religious and monastic debates of the second century CE. Walser explores how Nagarjuna secured the canonical authority of Mahayana teachings and considers his use of rhetoric to ensure the transmission of his writings by Buddhist monks. Drawing on close textual analysis of Nagarjuna's writings and other Buddhist and non-Buddhist sources, Walser offers an original contribution to the understanding of Nagarjuna and the early history of Buddhism.
But there is a causal background from which this set of conditions itself arises .
This background itself is , in its turn , dependent on another causal background .
All these factors are , according to the Sarvāstivādins , indirectly responsible for ...
Author: Rita Gupta
Articles on Buddhist philosophy.
Commenting on the works of Indian masters such as Shantaraksita, he shows how belief in a creator god is incompatible with dependent arising, and by illuminating the teachings of Nagarjuna and Chandrakirti, he shows how we do—and do ...
Author: Yeshe Thabkhe
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
One of Tibet’s great scholars presents the Buddha’s profound teachings on the laws of karma and dependent arising. In the Rice Seedling Sutra, the Buddha unpacks the law of cause and effect. He notes how in the natural world, a seed becomes a sprout, which produces a flower, which bears fruit. A seed has no intention to sprout; when the right conditions are assembled the fruit arises. Similarly, when our senses encounter an object, a sense consciousness arises naturally, without our intending it. This, says the Buddha, is also how karma works and how actions performed out of ignorance create suffering, whether we want it or not. And this same law of causality also governs enlightenment—when the right conditions are assembled, awakening is assured. In many sutras like this one, the Buddha explains that to understand his Dharma is to understand dependent arising. Geshe Yeshe Thabkhe explores dependent arising, and the corollary teaching of emptiness, through this sutra and others. Commenting on the works of Indian masters such as Shantaraksita, he shows how belief in a creator god is incompatible with dependent arising, and by illuminating the teachings of Nagarjuna and Chandrakirti, he shows how we do—and do not—exist. Geshe Yeshe Thabkhe was among the last generation of scholars to be trained in Tibet before the Chinese occupation. He has been teaching Westerners for decades, having worked with top scholars in the United States, and he is especially familiar with this sutra, having translated the commentary by Kamalasila into Hindi. Here his deep familiarity, combined with his extensive command of the Buddhist scriptures, allows him to present the Buddha’s words in a rich and authoritative context.
Dependent arising There are various reasons that prove non - true existence . ...
Understanding dependent arising in the context of compounded or produced
phenomena , for example , means identifying the unique perpetuating ( or ...
Author: Geshe Jampa Tegchok
Publisher: Snow Lion Publications, Incorporated
A practical and inspiring guide for developing our ability to be happy and benefit others this commentary on The Thirty-Seven Practices of Bodhisattvas by Gyalsay Togme Sangpo is studied by followers of all schools of Tibetan Buddhism. The root text gives in thirty-seven short verses the essential practices leading to enlightenment. Gyalsay Togme Sangpo (1295-1369) was renowned as a bodhisattva in Tibet and revered for living according to the bodhisattva ideals and practices that he taught. He inspired not only his direct disciples but also generations of practitioners up to the present day. This extraordinary commentary by Geshe Jampa Tegchok clearly explains the popular practice of exchanging oneself with others for developing love and compassion for all living beings. It lays open the methods for doing glance stabilizing and analytical meditations and offers an in-depth discussion of the nature of emptiness. All the essentials are here for transforming our attitudes and developing courage and joy.
Thirdly , dependent origination is to be seen as the primary teaching and the
concept of shunyata ( emptiness ) is to be seen within the context of dependent
origination , not the other way around . They suggest that what has happened in
Author: David Brazier
This volume asserts that for genuine spiritual renewal Buddhism must be more about contemplation and personal growth and is not in fact, an absolute truth. The author seeks to restore the idea of the Buddha as a spiritual leader with a vision of a peaceful revolution and takes a different look at many aspects of Buddhism, reinterpreting them in terms of the Buddha's social aims.
cation and self - mortification , the doctrine of dependent origination is called the
doctrine by the middle ( majjhima - dhamma ) , because it avoids in the self -
same manner their theoretical background . The central position assigned to this
Nevertheless , it is EFFECTIVELY the case that linguistic signs have stable and
context - independent meanings . ... Implicatures are contingent and context -
dependent , arising from given common ground , including speakers ' knowledge
Author: George Melville Bolling
Category: Comparative linguistics
Proceedings of the annual meeting of the Society in v. 1-11, 1925-34. After 1934 they appear in Its Bulletin.
However , in the context of dependent origination this interdependence and
interpenetration is based on the notions of ... the notions of interdependence and
interrelatedness generate problems that do not arise in an ontological context
When doing so , we accept and proclaim — from the perspective of others — an
arising resembling the arising of dreams and reflections . Arising in this context is
synonymous with dependent arising , free from the four extremes . We describe ...
Author: Dbaṅ-phyug-rdo-rje (Karma-pa IX)
Publisher: Snow Lion Publications, Incorporated
"Marked by eloquent poetry, vigorous and extensive analysi,s and heart instructions on breaking through the veils of confusion to independently experience the true nature of things, The Karmapa's Middle Way contains the Ninth Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje's comprehensive commentary on the Indian master Chandrakirti's seminal text, the Madhyamakavatara or Entrance to the Middle Way. This commentary, Feast for the Fortunate, is the Ninth Karmapa's abridgement of the Eighth Karmapa Mikyo Dorje's masterpiece, the Chariot of the Takpo Kagyu Siddhas. In it, readers will find previously unavailable material on the Karmapa's Middle Way view and a rare window into a philosophically charged era of Middle Way exposition in Tibetan Buddhism. Chandrakirti and the Karmapa present in precise detail the vital Buddhist concept of emptiness through which the Mahayana path of compassionate altruism becomes complete. Introductory material, copious footnotes, appendices, and a reader-centric approach to the language will make this volume equally accessible to the seasoned scholar of Indo-Tibetan Buddhism and the newly curious nonspecialist alike"
112 Therefore it is regarded that Dependent Arising is the middle path to negate
the extreme views : absolutism and ... the section of Dependent - Arising and
Emptiness , discusses the cyclic existence and nirvana in the context of
Author: Kwangsoo Park
Here the Buddha first declares the arising of the world of grief and suffering ,
through the various factors and conditions , and he then reverses the order to
indicate the cessation of this world of suffering . And what , monks , is dependent
Author: William Stone Waldron
The second distinctive Buddhist doctrine is known as “dependent arising” (
pratitya- samutpada), which affirms that everything is dependent on something
else and that there is no first cause in the universe. This is why Buddhism denies
Author: Timothy C. Tennent
Publisher: Zondervan Academic
It’s no secret that the center of Christianity has shifted from the West to the global South and East. While the truths of the Christian faith are universal, new contexts bring new questions, new understandings, and new expressions. What does this mean for theology? Is the Christian faith not only culturally translatable, but also theologically translatable?Timothy Tennent answers this question with a resounding yes. Theological reflection is alive and well in the majority world church, and these new perspectives need to be heard, considered, and brought into conversation with Western theologians. Global theology can make us aware of our own blind spots and biases. Because of its largely conservative stance, global theology has much to offer toward the revitalization of Western Christianity.Tennent examines traditional theological categories in conversation with theologians from across the globe, making this volume valuable for students, pastors, missionaries, and theologians alike.
Now , the above comments regarding the meaning of the triad kāyasarkhāra —
vacīsankhāra — cittasarkhāra mentioned in the doctrine of dependent - arising
indicate that , in the context of this doctrine , sankhārā refer to things intentional ...
Author: R. G. de S. Wettimuny
In Nagarjuna's own writings , we find that emptiness has to be understood in the
context of dependent arising . In the Fundamental Text Called Wisdom ,
Nagarjuna says , ' Since there is no phenomenon which is not a dependent
arising , there ...
The voice of Tibetan religion & culture.
10 For readers who may need to be reminded , the sequence is : " dependent on
( conditioned by ] ignorance arise volitional formations , dependent on volitional
formations arises consciousness , " and so on for name - and - form the six - fcld ...
Author: Ralph Flores
Publisher: Edwin Mellen Press
Category: Literary Criticism
This study moves against the grain of both traditional allegories and contemporary critical theory. The study is culturally far-reaching, and takes issue with the relatively truncated theories of allegory in our time. By scrutinizing other texts than the usual, it discloses new possibilities for investigation.
We have been considering the twelve links of dependent - arising in terms of one
round — first , ignorance and then the remaining eleven links coming from that .
In this context , we can see that simultaneously other rounds of dependent ...
Author: Dalai Lama XIV
Publisher: Wisdom Publications (MA)
The Dalai Lama explains the spiritual path based on the famous Buddhist image of the Wheel of Life.