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The True Nature of Existence —
Dependent Arising

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Qualities of the Dharma
The Four Noble Truths
The Noble Eightfold Path
The True Nature of Existence
  The Five Aggregates of Clinging
  Anicca, Dukkha and Anatta
  Dependent Arising
  Kamma, Nibbana and Rebirth
  Kamma
  Rebirth
 

Nibbana

Meditation
The Sangha
The Buddhist Sangha


 

 

Dependent arising in practice

With feeling as condition craving arises

The link between feeling and craving is critical. This is why Buddha singles out craving as the origin of suffering in the Four Noble Truths. In our own practice we have to prevent feeling from leading to craving. We have to be mindful and clearly aware of the feeling that arises and not delight in them, hold to them, and cling to them.

As we have noted before, reading about and speculating about the concepts presented by the Buddha and recounted here are a necessary first step to the end of suffering. But we must see dependent origination arising in our own life if we are to be free. This course introduces the teachings, other Ashoka courses will guide you on the path.



When there is not this, that does not come to be;
with the cessation of this, that ceases
  • The cessation of ignorance leads to the cessation of volitional formations.
  • The cessation of volitional formation leads to the cessation of consciousness.
  • The cessation of consciousness leads to the cessation of mind and matter.
  • The cessation of mind and matter leads to the cessation of the six spheres of sense.
  • The cessation of the six spheres of sense leads to the cessation of contact,
  • The cessation of contact leads to the cessation of feeling.
  • The cessation of feeling leads to the cessation of craving.
  • The cessation of craving leads to the cessation of grasping.
  • The cessation of grasping leads to the cessation of actions.
  • The cessation of actions leads to the cessation of rebirth.
  • The cessation of rebirth leads to the cessation of decay, death, sorrow, lamentation, pain, grief, and despair.