A Western Buddhist's Travels

Sightseeing & detours on the path of enlightenment

A little on dependent origination

One of the essential philosophies of Buddhism we must learn, is dependent arising, or dependent origination. In the Rice Seedling Sutra the Buddha, gives us a short sentence that lays out the basics, “Because this exists, that arises”. This simple yet profound statement, gives us the basis for understanding, dependent origination. Nothing that has existed, does exist or will exist in the universe is not dependent on preceding conditions. All things depend on each other, in terms of cause and effect. As any object is the result of cause and effect, so shall it in turn contribute to causing something else to arise. This is not to say everything in the universe is predetermined or ordained, by divine power. Christianity owes it’s basis on Judaism, the religion Jesus Christ was born into. He then established a new relationship with God, based on an individual approach. Siddhartha Gautama was born a prince and raised in luxury under Brahman. Our own life shows the same, whether we born into a rich family or a poor family, born in China or in Canada, every part of our life depends on what happened beforehand. If we meet someone who we are attracted to, we make a choice to get to know the person or not, the choice then affects the future of our interaction with that person.


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