Venerable Bhikshus, whoever sees dependent and relative origination, sees the Dharma.
Whoever sees the Dharma, sees the Buddha.
What is this dependent and relative origination of which I speak?
It is this: because this exists, that arises. Because this is born, that is born.
It is like this: through the condition of ignorance, compounding factors. From the condition of compounding factors, consciousness … name and form … the six sense spheres … contact … feeling … craving … grasping … existence … birth … aging and death. From the condition of aging and death, agony, wailing, suffering, unhappiness, and mental disturbance all arise. Like that, merely this enormous heap of suffering arises.
—From the Salistamba, or Rice Seedlings Sutra, [translation by Ven. Tenzin Gache] the primary source of teachings on the twelve links of dependent arising.
In his new article for Mandala titled “Personalizing the Twelve Links of Dependent Origination,” Ven. Tenzin Gache shares a comprehensive view of what Lama Tsongkhapa considered to be the most profound teaching from the Buddha.
Exploring each of the twelve links, Ven. Tenzin offers a clear depiction of this Dharma topic, which many practitioners consider to be an elusive subject, and in doing so he offers a thorough account of one of Mahayana Buddhism’s most significant teachings.
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