Saturday, September 28, 2013

Conditionality of Phenomena

     “The general principle of conditionality simply states that all things arise and pass away due to certain conditions. When necessary conditions are present to support a thing’s existence, it comes to be. As those conditions change and new conditions appear, the thing changes. When the conditions for the thing’s existence are finally removed, the thing ceases to be. This principle applies not only to the existence of phenomena but also to the quality of things. For example, the Buddha said that when certain conditions are present, duhkha arises. When those conditions change, duhkha is modified. And when the conditions for duhkha are removed, duhkha itself ceases.”

       Mitchell DW. Buddhism - Introducing the Buddhist Experience. ed2, Oxford University Press, 2008. 

Shad Bay area, Nova Scotia, early morning, September 28, 2013

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