In daily life, we also use the term like interdependence or dependent on each other. However, in our ordinary meaning, dependent origination or dependent arising suggest an interaction between entities and entities, between something absolute and absolute, interaction between self and self.
However, this is actually a very mistaken view.
Buddha is able to see that actualy if everything is dependent arising, then it is on another way around. There is no interaction between absolute and absolute, no interaction between entity and entity.
The capsule of specifity or entity just collapse because of this dependent origination.
When this capsule collapse, you will not see arising, duration, and cessation.
For example, the growth of flower in your garden. If you see that flower as something outstanding, you will see the flower like an entity standing out and independent of the global system.
Because of this mistaken view, you will have a flower, you will have arising, duration, and cessation.
Reality does not have a boundary.
You should see here, the flower that you make then is just called intellectual boundary. It is created by intellect, NOT BY REALITY.
From that intellectual flower, you will then have intellectual arising, duration, and cessation.
But all of them are just intellectual, where the root is this intellectual flower.
Not knowing the difference or the gap between reality and intellectual object, it becomes the main source of all confusions.
In learning dependent origination, it teachs you that all this boundary is actually not there. Although We can create intellectual boundary, we should always remember that the root actually doesn't have boundary.
Tsongkapa wrote a very beautiful teaching about the relationship between dependent arising and emptiness.
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