From what little I've gathered, it would seem that dependent origination or co-arising is the cornerstone to the Buddha's teaching of a self-sustaining cycle. Now I know that if one rejects craving that it breaks this cycle since craving leads to clinging... but then... what is becoming?
Becoming:The process of coming to be something or of passing into a state
since becoming is just a transitory word, since it basically means turning into then clinging turns into birth... Now I'm confused. To further confound me, my holy grail of online buddhist knowledge, access to insight, says that the Buddha never defined becoming. He just used metaphors (or something like that). For me, in plain english, it seems strange to associate a mental phenomena to a transitory state whereby physical manifestation occurs. I would be supremely impressed if anything concise could be said on this subject. Mind you I'm not speaking of the moment to moment dependent origination where clinging leads to the birth of thoughts in a causal chain, rather I'm asking is there any logical way of explaining how clinging in a living body allows for becoming in no body which conditions birth in new body, if that makes any sense since there would have to be some transitory state whereby whatever it is that leads to rebirth does so and the only thing that could do that is becoming?
So is becoming even explainable or is it not conjecturable because this is the only confusing link in the chain of dependent origination as far as I can tell?
"If one is asked, 'From what requisite condition does birth come?' one should say, 'Birth comes from becoming as its requisite condition.'
"If one is asked, 'Is there a demonstrable requisite condition for becoming?' one should answer, 'There is.'
"If one is asked, 'From what requisite condition does becoming come?' one should say, 'Becoming comes from clinging as its requisite condition.'
"I don't envision a single thing that, when developed & cultivated, leads to such great benefit as the mind. The mind, when developed & cultivated, leads to great benefit."
"I don't envision a single thing that, when undeveloped & uncultivated, brings about such suffering & stress as the mind. The mind, when undeveloped & uncultivated, brings about suffering & stress."