Karma and Dependent Origination Part Two

posted Jan 14, 2013, 9:03 AM by Mark Nunberg   [ updated Jan 14, 2013, 7:36 PM by Scott Jensen ]
Resources for Buddhist Studies Class on Dependent OriginationJanuary 2013
After reviewing the teachings on karma from the Fall course we will study the Buddha's teachings on the conditional and impersonal nature of experience by looking at the Buddha's profound teaching on dependent origination. In this teaching, the Buddha offers his insight into the cyclical unfolding of our experience of suffering and how one can realize freedom from the cycle.

Seeing the Wheel, Stopping the Spin by Christina Feldman

The Shape of Suffering by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Paticca-Sumuppada: Practical Dependent Origination by Ajahn Buddhadassa

Introduction to Paticca-Samuppada by Ajahn Buddhadassa


Thank you to Jennie Ross for recommending the following seven audio talks from the recent three month retreat at IMS:

Five Talk Series by Guy Armstrong
#1 The Honeyball Sutta: Formation of self
The proliferation of thinking, known as papanca, is rooted in perception. Thoughts born from self-concern then assail us, re-creating the sense of “I,” which leads to suffering.

#2 – Formation of self – the 5 aggregates
The five aggregates are a way to describe our human experience without relying on a sense of self, or “I.” A discourse from the Buddha shows how we create the sense of “I” over and over by laying claim to the aggregates, and how to see experience free of the sense of self.

#3 – Formation of Self: Unentangled Knowing
This talk explores the creation of a sense of self through the chain of dependent origination. By not responding to feeling tone with craving, we avoid clinging and becoming a new “I.” Then we can discover a state of “unentangled knowing” and find a sense of freedom here and now.

#4 – Karma and Rebirth
Volitional actions, known as karma, arise in ongoing patterns that seem to provide a sense of continuity of the individual, even after death into rebirth. When we understand how the results of actions take place, we can use the law of karma to shape our lives in the direction of happiness.

#5 – Formation of Self: the end of karma
Repetitive patterns of thinking, feeling and acting are instances of karma which can be undone by using the tools of dharma practice. Following the Eightfold Path, one can awaken and reach the complete end of karma.

Two Talk Series by Sally Armstrong (Sally's Dependent Origination Handout)
#1 Overview of Dependent Origination

#2 Transcendent Dependent Arising – a map of practice
This powerful teaching form the Upanisa Sutta shows us how suffering when understood with wisdom leads to faith and is the beginning of a natural unfolding of beautiful qualities of the heart which provide the foundation for the mind to turn to awakening.

Finally, Thanissaro Bhikku has a ten part series of talks at the http://www.audiodharma.org/teacher/16/ webpage on Dependent Origination that you can download or stream. Scroll down until you find the talks on dependent co-arising