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2017 April – Dharma Query

Simple definitions of teachings in Buddhadharma:

Dependent arising or Conditionality
Within our experience, nothing arises in isolation; when this arises, so does that, with the arising of this, so that arises, refers back to multiplicity and a variety of conditions that make up experience

Interconnectedness
Within our experience, everything is connected; there is no true separation different than appearances, refers back to the idea that all things are of the same underlying reality

The early teaching of conditionality, or dependent arising, is often conflated with the later teaching of interconnectedness. While both teachings can be discovered by reflecting back upon your experience in meditation, how do you understand the differences and similarities? Do you have a preference for one teaching over the other, or do you think they are the same? How do you integrate these experiences into your life?

 

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