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
The cessation of volitional formation leads to the cessation
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.