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Interconnectivity Quote Attributed to the Buddha?

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Interconnectivity Quote Attributed to the Buddha?

Postby danieLion » Sat Sep 17, 2011 2:44 am

This quote:

"Nothing ever exists entirely alone; everything is in relation to everything else."

is attributed to the Buddha all over the internet, but I can't find it the Canon anywhere, or anything in the Canon it could be inferred from.

Anyone know the source?

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Re: Interconnectivity Quote Attributed to the Buddha?

Postby retrofuturist » Sat Sep 17, 2011 2:49 am

Greetings,

My guess is that it's a contemporary misinterpretation of what is actually meant by the first nidana in the dependent origination sequence.

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Re: Interconnectivity Quote Attributed to the Buddha?

Postby retrofuturist » Sat Sep 17, 2011 6:07 am

"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine

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Re: Interconnectivity Quote Attributed to the Buddha?

Postby danieLion » Sat Sep 17, 2011 6:35 am

Thanks all,
I understand what you've said. What I don't see is how anyone got interconnectivity out of this. I wouldn't be surprised if it involved some Mahayanist interpretation. We might be interconnected (and probably are "quantumly"), but as far as the Canon's concerned the Buddha never taught interconnection.
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Re: Interconnectivity Quote Attributed to the Buddha?

Postby rowboat » Sat Sep 17, 2011 7:31 am

Thanissaro Bhikkhu notes how the concept of interconnectivity is one of the most common misattributions to Buddhism in his essay The Roots of Buddhist Romanticism.

http://www.purifymind.com/BuddhistRomanticism.htm
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Re: Interconnectivity Quote Attributed to the Buddha?

Postby alan » Sun Sep 18, 2011 4:54 am

I have not found any quote like this. But if you want to take something from it, probably best to look at Kamma. That may be the closest you'll get to the idea of "interconnectivity".

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