The Dependent Origination

he Lord said: Bhikkhus, I will teach you the Dependent Origination Arising, Listen, Attend Carefully.

The Lord said: "Now what" is Dependent Arising?  with Ignorance as condition, Volitional activities come to be; with Volitional Activities as condition, Consciousness comes to be; with Consciousness as condition, Mind-and -Body come to be; with mind-and-body as condition, the Sixfold sense-field comes to be; with the Sixfold sense-field as condition, contact comes to be; with contact as condition, feeling come to be; with feeling as condition Craving comes to be; with Craving as condition Grasping comes to be; with Grasping as condition; Becoming come to be; with becoming as condition, Birth comes to be; with Birth as condition, Aging and Death, Sorrow, Lamentation, Pain, grief and Despair come to be, That is how there is an origin to this whole mass of suffering and this is called The Dependent Origination Arising.

What is Ignorance? Whatever is absence of knowledge into suffering, The Origin of suffering, The Cessation of suffering and The way leading to cessation of suffering (The Four Noble Truths).

Where is the source of human grief, lamentation, pain and agony? Is it not to be found in the fact that we are general desirous. We cling obstinately to lives of wealth and honor, comfort and pleasure, excitement and self indulgence, Ignorant of the fact that the desire for these very things is the source of our suffering. From its beginning, the world has been filled with a succession of calamities, over and above the unavoidable facts of illness, old age and death. But if we carefully considers all the facts, we must be convinced that at the basis of all suffering lies the principle of craving desire. If avarice can be removed, Our suffering will come to an end. Ignorance is manifested in greed that fills our mind. it comes from the fact that we are unaware of the true reason for the succession of things. from Ignorance and greed there spring impure desires for things that are , in fact, unobtainable, but for which we restlessly and blindly search.  Because of ignorance and greed, we imagine discriminations where, in reality, there are no discriminations.  Inherently, there is no discrimination of right and wring in our behavior; but because of ignorance, We imagine such distinctions and judge them as right or wrong. Because of our ignorance, we are always thinking wrong thoughts and always losing the right viewpoint and, clinging to our egos, We take wrong actions. As result, we become attached to a delusive existence.

Making our deeds the field for our egos, using the working of discrimination of the mind as seed, beclouding the mind by ignorance, fertilizing it with the rain of craving desires, irrigation it by the willfulness of egotism, we add the conception of evil, and carry this incarnation of delusion about with them. In reality, therefore , it is our mind that causes the delusions of grief, lamentation, pain and agony. This whole world of delusion is nothing but a shadow caused by the mind and yet it is also from this same mind that the world of Enlightenment appears. In this world there are three wrong view points. if we comings to these viewpoints, then all things in this world are but to be denied.

First, Some say that all human experience is based on destiny; Second, some hold that everything is created by God and controlled by his will; Third, some say that everything happens by chance without having and cause or condition. if all has been decided by destiny, both good deeds and evil deeds are predetermined, weal and woe are predestined; nothing would exist that has not been fore-ordained, then all human plans and efforts for improvement and progress would be in vain and humanity would be without hope. The same is true of the other viewpoints, for if everything in the last resort is in the hands of an unknowable God, or of blind chance, what hope has humanity except in submission? It is no wonder that people holding these conceptions lose hope and neglect efforts to act wisely and to avoid evil. In fact, these three conceptions or viewpoints are all wrong: everything is a succession of appearances whose source is the accumulation of causes and conditions.

Introduction to BUDDHISM

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