Understanding Dependent Origination Part 1: Working with the chain of causation

  • 02 Oct 2021
  • 9:00 AM - 11:45 AM
  • Zoom
  • 10

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About The Class

"Whoever sees dependent origination sees the Dharma; whoever sees the Dharma sees dependent origination." -- The Buddha, in MN. 28 and DN. 15 

On the eve of his Enlightenment, the Buddha reflected deeply on the causes of suffering and traced each cause, step by step, back to its originating condition. He referred to this process as the "chain of causation," or, in other words, "Dependent Origination": the dependent arising of conditions that cause suffering.

In Buddhist practice, we learn that everything is impermanent, and so just as the Buddha describes the conditions that give rise to suffering, he also describes the way to the cessation of suffering.

In this study session, we'll use sutta excerpts along with teacher commentary to gain an understanding of each link in the chain. Then, during two 15-minute meditation periods, we will practice observing the conditions as they arise and pass away in our minds.

The Chain of Dependent Origination


When: Saturday, October 2th from 9 a.m. to Noon.

Where: Zoom

About the Study Session Leader

Elizabeth A. Gibson has been a Buddhist practitioner since 2007, primarily in the Insight/Vipassana tradition. She is a technical writer and poet and has lived in Atlanta since 2009.

Questions? Please email Elizabeth Gibson.

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