I did read the extract and it does seem reasonable however i do not see any evidence of it acctualy being in the suttas.
From the arising of this comes the arising of that.
To me that just says that in the next moment if there is, for example, contact there will be craving. Doesnt mean it has to be three lives.
In reguard to your earlier post:
[quote=]You cut out the first part of the quote It says " freed from birth, aging, and death; freed from sorrow, lamentation, pain, displeasure, and dispair, freed from suffering, I say"[/quote]
Birth just means the birth of the sense of "I" arising from contact, feeling and craving.
MN - 44:
Saying, "Yes, lady," Visakha the lay follower delighted & rejoiced in what Dhammadinna the nun had said. Then he asked her a further question: "'The origination of self-identification, the origination of self-identification,' it is said, lady. Which origination of self-identification is described by the Blessed One?"
"The craving that makes for further becoming — accompanied by passion & delight, relishing now here & now there — i.e., craving for sensual pleasure, craving for becoming, craving for non-becoming: This, friend Visakha, is the origination of self-identification described by the Blessed One."
"'The cessation of self-identification, the cessation of self-identification,' it is said, lady. Which cessation of self-identification is described by the Blessed One?"
"The remainderless fading & cessation, renunciation, relinquishment, release, & letting go of that very craving: This, friend Visakha, is the cessation of self-identification described by the Blessed One."
The "birth" is of the sense of I through contact.
If you are saying that the body refers to literal physical body/birth there is a sutta that states that the physical body originates from the 4 elements.
"The four great elements, bhikkhu, are the cause and condition for the manifestation of the material form aggregate"
This debate does seem to be getting circular however, anyone else got something to add?
Also sorry if im causing you frustration.
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