|Sweet Samsara has me by the neck! O, Buddha, how can I win my freedom?|
Sariputra's stream entry
|Sariputra asks a question.|
|Sariputra wisely asks a pithy question to learn the Dharma (dhammawheel.com).|
- Bhikkhu Bodhi explains Dependent Origination below.
|Let's keep this dangerous party going, jack*sses! Johnny Knoxville leads the way (MTV).|
- *That is to say, they do not "transfer" or go from one birth to another. Rather, what happens is the arising of empty phenomena followed immediately by the turning and falling two sub-moments later, just where they arose. What arises or originates is utterly dependent on its causes and supporting-conditions. Things originate (arise) and momentarily persist -- constantly becoming rather than being, dynamic rather than static, a moving process rather than a persisting being. ALL things arise (but most relevant to us, the Buddha is talking about the Five Aggregates of Clinging), turn, and fall away. In this way, they bear the three "marks" or characteristics of existence in that they are: impermanent, unsatisfactory, and utterly impersonal.
- *Nihilism (Annihilationism): the subtle wrong view that an entity is actually destroyed or annihilated at the third phase of the impersonal process of dependent origination. There is in fact no entity, nothing personal to be annihilated. Ultimately, things neither exist NOR cease to exist, except that in a conventional sense we speak of things in this way to intellectually understand the impersonal process.
In this, there is not a thing to be removed,
|Los Angeles has flowers like the brilliant "blazing star" (wildflowering.org).|
|I want to see the Buddha! (weekday-illusion)|
|Bhikkhu Bodhi, Bodhi Monastery|
|Intellect is not enough for freedom.|
Therefore, dependent origination is more than the content of the Buddha's enlightenment, much more than a philosophy or doctrine, it is the truth to be directly REALIZED to gain freedom from all suffering.
It is the key to intellectual understanding of the Dharma and to the attainment of liberation (enlightenment, nirvana).
e dharma hetu prabhavā hetuṃ teṣāṃ tathāgato hyavadat