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  • Dianne McKinnon

Interdependence and Dependent Arising

As the tactile sense [pervades] the body

Ignorance is present in them all.

By overcoming ignorance one will also

Overcome all disturbing attitudes. When dependent arising is seen

Confused ignorance will not occur.

Thus every effort has been made here

To explain precisely this subject. In last week's Q&A Geshela Jinpa Sonam spoke of interdependence- the actual origin of the things we experience. He mentioned that His Holiness the Dalai Lama frequently refers to and teaches Interdependence– using them almost synonymously.

Geshela stated that understanding an object's interdependence is a way to understand its emptiness. Dependent arising points us to see what a phenomenon is empty of.

While speaking on this topic, Geshela cited these two quotes from Aryadeva's 400 verses. བཞི་བརྒྱ་པ་ལས། །ལུས་ལ་ལུས་དབང་ཇི་བཞིན་དུ། །གཏི་མུག་ཀུན་ལ་གནས་གྱུར་ཏེ། །དེ་ཕྱིར་ཉོན་མོངས་ཐམས་ཅད་ཀྱང་། །གཏི་མུག་བཅོམ་པས་བཅོམ་པར་འགྱུར། །རྟེན་ཅིང་འབྲེལ་པར་འབྱུང་བ་ནི། །མཐོང་ན་གཏི་མུག་འབྱུང་མི་འགྱུར། །དེ་ཕྱིར་འབད་པས་ཀུན་གྱིས་འདིར། །གཏམ་དེ་ཁོ་ན་བསྙད་པར་བྱ། །ཞེས་དང་།


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