By Dhivan

Conditionality is an exploration of the Buddha's primary perception that every one issues come up from dependence on stipulations. useful workouts and reflections are integrated to recommended readers to discover how conditionality works of their personal lives.

Dhivan and Sagaraghosa are either revered individuals of the Western Buddhist Order.

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Let us now compare conditions with causes, for the sake of better understanding exactly what is meant by conditionality. In ordinary language, the cause of some event is what is immediately responsible for its occurrence, whereas a condition is any supporting factor. We did not find a single cause for stress so much as a set of conditions under which stress arose. To take another example, we might say that the cause of someone’s death might be said to be a heart attack or cancer, but there are very many more conditions that may have played a part in this death, such as diet, habits, and lifestyle.

We may not know exactly why we have become stressed, but we can identify some factors that are most probably responsible. On further reflection, however, the reality of stress is more complicated than this simple diagram allows. Most of these factors that cause stress are themselves affected when one is stressed. If you feel tired, that might contribute to your feeling stressed, but the stress itself might then cause you to feel more tired. Feeling unwell might stress you a bit, but then the stress itself might make you feel even more unwell.

Appear in the nimbus above Tārā’s head, in the siddhaṃ script of eastern India. � Victoria and Albert Museum, London. [p. 7] Figure 2: The ‘Wheel of Life’, a mirror reflecting all of samsara held in the claws of the god of death. Drawn by Aloka. [p. 57] Figure 3: The spiral path: twelve progressive factors of the path arising from the twelve nidānas of samsara. Drawn by Saddharāja. [p. 79] Figure 4: Fasting Buddha, Gandhāra period, 2nd–3rd c. CE, Lahore Museum, Pakistan. [p. 117] Figure 5: Sand ripples form from the unpredictable, non-linear interplay of sand and tide.

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