It make me remember of what I have read in one of Dalai Lama book.
He mentioned like this:
If we burn a stick, the stick will become ash.
However, the stick doesn't vanish to zero in the sense that it is completely disappear.
The stick itself is a physical manifestation of a particular energy. The ash itself is also another manifestation of certain energy. So, the energy change due to causes and condition.
If we accept the notion that the stick is vanish, we also have to accept that te energy is also completely vanish.
In this case, if that is true, the consequence is the ash just come out from no where. It can suddenly appear without connection with previous stick. Another consequence because the ash can come out from completely zero, it can come anytime and anywhere randomly.
This is definitely not true.
In his own words, he mentioned that
"So how exactly can we understand the karmic continuum? To give an example, when a stick is burn, although the wood has disappeared, it remains in the form of energy; it has not disappeared completely. The prasangika madyamika school adopts a similar notion of cessation (shik pa). This view maintains that although th physical reality of phenomena ceases, it remains as a type of energy or potential. Other Buddhist philosophical schools accept this cessation to be merely a mental construct or an abstract entity. In contrast, Prasangika Madyamika consider this as a type of potential, having the capacity to become a future cause within that continuum. I feel that the scientific idea of conservation of energy is in some ways similar to this notion of cessation."
It is proven as well in the lab that in closed system, the energy or potential of that system is constant. It make me remember: the weight of a candle is equivalent to the weight of the ash + the weight of the smoke. This is completely undeniable.
Outside a closed system, definitely the energy is without limit, because this universe is without limit.
Nagarjuna mentioned in dependent arising, no coming, and no going. Although what he meant is because there is no identity, we cannot say there is a self who is coming or the self who is going. When there is no self, how can there is verb, such as coming and going.
However, what Nagarjuna mentioned is also valid for the energy or potential. If there is a self and that self disappear, it means after that self disappear, your closed system will not balance. If we thing the candle has a self, when we burn the candle, the self of the candle has to disappear. You system will lost self that make the system unbalance due to losing something. It doesn't happen in the lab. So, the notion of no self actualy also proven in the lab.
So, dependent arising actually tell us that continuity cannot end due to this potential or energy or any other fancy name. It always changes and can never completely disappear. Continuity from beginningless time until endless time in the future can only occur if things have no self or no identity.
It is proven in the lab that in a closed system, the energy or the potential cannot add or decrease. That potential is always constant, in the sense that constant without having identity.
The problem is do you think according to Buddhism, the lab test is not absolutely true, in the sense that the energy or potential in a closed system can increase or decrease?
I am not here nor there.
I am not right nor wrong.
I do not exist neither non-exist.
I am not I nor non-I.
I am not in samsara nor nirvana.
To All Buddhas, I bow down for the teaching of emptiness. Thank You!