|Boudhnath stupa, Kathmandu, Nepal|
|Two moons this moonth (Pete Lawrence)|
- It may seem a small point but it becomes important later. One thing does not really arise THEN another. They co-arise. So sometimes this is referred to as "conditioned co-genesis" and other names for paticca samuppadav. For example, when the five factors of fire (heat, fuel, wick, oxygen, the process of combustion) come together, flame arises. When does fire arise? Right at the moment of all of these factors being present in a functionally integrated way! Why? It is because what we call "fire" or a "flame" is not a thing but a process with these factors; it is empty; it is impersonal. The same is true of us (self) and the Five Aggregates clung to as Self.
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|Whatever will arise will also pass away.|
- With ignorance as condition, mental formations come to be;
- with mental formations as condition, consciousness comes to be;
- with consciousness as condition, name-and-form comes to be;
- with name-and-form as condition, the sixfold base comes to be;
- with the sixfold base as condition, contact comes to be;
- with contact as condition, feeling comes to be;
- with feeling as condition, craving comes to be;
- with craving as condition, grasping comes to be;
- with grasping as condition, becoming comes to be;
- with becoming as condition, (re)birth comes to be;
- with (re)birth as condition, aging-and-death, sorrow, lamentation, pain, grief, and despair come to be.
- This is the origin (the conditional arising) of this entire mass of suffering.
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