Saturday, September 26, 2009

Recommended post

I highly recommend you take a look at the 5-Minute Dhamma post regarding dependent origination by Ashin Sopaka at his blog A Raft. Dependent origination is one of those Buddhist concepts that’s key to practicing the path, but which is also one of the more complex teachings that can be easily misunderstood (very much like kamma). But Ashin provides a good metaphor to explain how the process of dependent origination works and how it can be interrupted.

“Take the passing of a ball, for example. While ‘passing the ball’ is a condition for ‘catching the ball’, so is ‘running to the spot’ and ‘dodging the interceptors’ and ‘blocking the defenders’, in addition to all the other activity on the field/court.”

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