This corresponds to ignorance. This is a brief overview of a more technical and thorough discussion by Professor Gombrich. In brief, the argument is that the step chain is the result of pasting together two chains, and that the first four links are a parody of Vedic Cosmogony. Bhava becoming ; Ioanna, with Dependent Origination, he taught the same subject in more detail.
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Negal A volitional impulse kama — desire initiates the process of creation. Fide becoming ; Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
Later, with Dependent Origination, he taught the same subject in more detail. Vedana feeling ; 8. It would not be so surprising considering how much Buddhist doctrine is a reworking of preexisting concepts. Avijja ignorance ; 2. There is more hope for a fool than for him. In fact, the good venerable arguably gives more time to expounding on these 4 nidanas than he does the rest of the cire Although not the standard interpretation in Buddhism, a psychological interpretation of Dependent Origination results in ignorance tainting consciousnessin the same way the Buddha described the five hindrances tainting the mind, of water tainted with dye, water blown by wind, water overgrown with weeds, water put in a dark place, etc.
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post. Rupa is described as the four great elements and nama as various mental constituents. It also reassesses the way the received tradition explains some technical terms. It could also go back six, seven, or eight links — nothing hangs on the difference. Newer Post Older Post Home. From this reflexivity, in which there is only one entity, develops an awareness of subject and object; this in turn leads to further individuation, until we reach the multiplicity of our experience: The Vedic religion was one in which fire played a central role.
They are the fuel for the burning desire that prolongs our existence. There is evidence that fire worship goes back well beyond the entry of the Vedic speaking peoples into India. I think it makes sense. This much is consonant with the received tradition. In this view clinging would be fuel for becoming, and in my opinion this works much better as an explanation of process.
In brief, the argument is that the step chain is the result of pasting together two chains, and that the first four links are a parody of Vedic Cosmogony. First there is nothing, not even existence or non-existence. Erich Fauwallner argued long ago that the chain would logically have started with Tanha, in order to match up with the Four Noble Truths, but starting with the sense bases would work equally well.
And, I might add, irony does not weather well. Since three of these four vedana, samkhara, and vinnana appear elsewhere in the chain under their usual names, this can hardly be correct.
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