The Process of Becoming and Release

“Just as when the gods pour rain in heavy drops and crash thunder on the upper mountains: The water, flowing down along the slopes, fills the mountain clefts and rifts and gullies. When the mountain clefts and rifts and gullies are full, they fill the little ponds. When the little ponds are full, they fill the big lakes. When the big lakes are full, they fill the little rivers. When the little rivers are full, they fill the big rivers. When the big rivers are full, they fill the great ocean. In the same way:

“Fabrications have ignorance as their prerequisite, consciousness has fabrications as its prerequisite, name-and-form has consciousness as its prerequisite, the six sense media have name-and-form as their prerequisite, contact has the six sense media as its prerequisite, feeling has contact as its prerequisite, craving has feeling as its prerequisite, clinging has craving as its prerequisite, becoming has clinging as its prerequisite, birth has becoming as its prerequisite, stress and suffering have birth as their prerequisite, conviction has stress and suffering as its prerequisite, contentment has conviction as its prerequisite, rapture has contentment as its prerequisite, serenity has rapture as its prerequisite, pleasure has serenity as its prerequisite, samādhi has pleasure as its prerequisite, the Dhamma Eye (knowledge and vision of things as they actually are) has samādhi as its prerequisite, disenchantment has the Dhamma Eye as its prerequisite, dispassion has disenchantment as its prerequisite, release has dispassion as its prerequisite, cessation has release as its prerequisite.” — Upanisa Sutta (Saṃyutta Nikāya II 29)

Dependent Origination

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Dev Jacobsen

Musician, author and yogi, developer of Palingenics.

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