|Golden Buddha in a Wat (temple) in Ayutthaya, Thailand (nattapan72/flickr.com)|
|Setting in motion the Wheel of the Dharma|
(Ajahn Brahm) What does Dependent Origination mean, and what does it have anything to do with me being happy, meditating better, and becoming enlightened?
|If only I were in S.F., I could meditate! (John Gillespie)|
Ask this: Why am I suffering? The answer? I must be suffering because I was born. I must have been born because of [12 causal links that include] karma. That was because this had been; when this ceases, that will also cease. This is the universal law of conditionality. All things depend on conditions. What are the conditions for my suffering? Karma (actions), engaged in because of ignorance, led to my being here and to things happening and all the rest of it.
Why do I crave? I crave because of pleasing sensations (pleasant feelings). Why is there feeling? Because there are senses. The eye, ear, nose, tongue, skin, and mind crave -- all on account of pleasant feelings. We reject unpleasant feelings and are bored by neutral ones, and we cling to anything pleasurable. Only it isn't, it isn't, it isn't at all what it seems.
|Here, Eve, it's really good. Now you take a bite.|