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What does dependent origination teach? - Dhamma Wheel

What does dependent origination teach?

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What does dependent origination teach?

Postby BlueLotus » Tue Jul 17, 2012 4:26 pm

Can someone please help me understand what dependently origination teach? Is it the cause and effect of all things? Does it mean everything happen for a cause?

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Re: What dependent origination teach?

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Re: What does dependent origination teach?

Postby nowheat » Wed Jul 18, 2012 2:43 am

Dependent origination (DO) teaches how dukkha arises from causes, specifically showing the causes. It describes, first, how it comes to be that we humans have the tendency to develop the sense that we have a lasting self by looking for confirmation of it in the world around us; second, it explains in detail just what we do that creates that sense of a lasting self; third, it describes the emergence of dukkha as a result.

It shouldn't be read as a description of the cosmic principal of cause-and-effect, but one very specific example of it: the specific chain that gives us the troubles we can cure with Buddhist practice. By showing us all the factors that lead to dukkha, it gives us the information we need to break the chain of events.

NOTE: The above is not intended to describe an understanding of DO within the school of Theravada, but it is as accurate a description -- in brief -- of what DO is about as I'm likely to be able to muster.

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Re: What does dependent origination teach?

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Re: What does dependent origination teach?

Postby cooran » Wed Jul 18, 2012 8:45 am

Hello BlueLotus,

This article may take some study, but it will be worth it to increase understanding of Dependent Origination:

http://www.buddhanet.net/funbud12.htm

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Chris
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---Worry is the Interest, paid in advance, on a debt you may never owe---
---It's not what happens to you in life that is important ~ it's what you do with it ---

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Re: What does dependent origination teach?

Postby Aloka » Wed Jul 18, 2012 9:34 am

Hi BlueLotus

You might find this booklet by Ven P.A. Payutto on Dependent Origination helpful.

I particularly like "An example of Dependent Origination in everyday life " in Chapter 5.




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Re: What does dependent origination teach?

Postby Way~Farer » Wed Jul 18, 2012 10:53 am

It sometimes helps to break the principle of dependent origination down into the sequence of events that happen whenever there is contact with something.

When there is contact with an object of the senses, this is the sequence: form/matter: this is what is seen, the form both of the object seen and the seer of it. This creates a sensation or a feeling, either pleasant, unpleasant or neutral. This leads to apperception, which is recognizing or not-recognizing the form that is seen (for example naming it). Then habit kicks in (I like those, I want one of those, it's been some time since I had that). This gives rise to ideas about the thing, one's knowledge of it, how one 'relates' to it, and so on.

The point is, that these sequences are happening in quick succession, all day long, without much awareness of what is going on. In other words one is caught up in reactions to what is seen, what is heard, and so on, reacting to it, judging it, wanting or disliking it. This leads to habituation, which leads to clinging, which leads to suffering when what is clung to is lost, or when it is not satisfying, and so on.

Of course it goes in to much more depth and detail, but that level of analysis might be useful in understanding how the principle applies in daily life.

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Re: What does dependent origination teach?

Postby Prasadachitta » Wed Jul 18, 2012 1:49 pm

Hi BlueLotus,

This is how I see it.

All that is experienced comes to be in dependence upon other factors. There is no one part of experience that can be isolated from this dependent relationship.

To observe this and know it with confidence brings a cool and open hearted attitude that can become increasingly independent of the particularities of experience.



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Re: What does dependent origination teach?

Postby BlueLotus » Tue Aug 07, 2012 1:16 pm

Thanks to all. I got confused because lot of people say different things about many life and thoughts and there is a cause for everything. It is difficult to find a cause for everything. Is there a cause for every things ? Maybe there is :thinking:


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