Dhamma Corner

August, 2006

Dhamma Corner

Universal Causality

Caused by What ?

Ignorance causes mental construction to arise.

Mental construction causes consciousness to arise.

Consciousness causes name-&-form, mind-&-matter to arise.

Name-&-form cause the-6-sense-sources to arise.

The-6-sense-sources cause contact to arise.

Contact causes feeling to arise.

Feeling causes craving to arise.

Craving causes clinging to arise.

Clinging causes becoming to arise.

Becoming causes birth to arise.

Birth causes ageing, decay, & death to arise.

Ageing, decay, & death cause suffering to arise.

So is the emergence of this entire mass of pain..!!

There is becoming, birth, presence, decay, & ceasing of the moments of time.

There is becoming, birth, presence, decay, & ceasing of the lives of the being.

There is becoming, birth, presence, decay, & ceasing of the galaxies of the universe.

This sweeping yet exhaustive description of causality applies to all these three

extreme time-scales and all those in between. Verily of Universal Generality is this

Dependent Co-Arising (Paticca Samuppada)!

The Buddha has said:

Profound, Ananda, is this dependent origination, and profound does it appear.

It is through not understanding, not penetrating, this subtle law that this world resembles

a tangled ball of thread, a bird’s nest, a thicket of grass or reed. Any person who does not

understand this, does neither escape from the lower states of existence, nor from the course

of pain, misery & suffering, nor from this ever-returning round of rebirth.

Digha Nikaya 15

Whoever understands Dependent Origination understands the Dhamma.

Whoever understands the Dhamma understands Dependent Origination.

Majjhima Nikaya 28


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Bhikkhu Samahita, Sri Lanka.

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