Understanding Dependent Origination

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Date Teaching Length
Mon, 05/05/2014 Conditionality 21:16
Mon, 05/12/2014 The 12 Links - Part One Tricycle Sustaining or Supporting Member Only 25:17
Mon, 05/19/2014 The 12 Links - Part Two Tricycle Sustaining or Supporting Member Only 24:52
Mon, 05/26/2014 Deep Discernment Tricycle Sustaining or Supporting Member Only 20:53

Of the many unique teachings of the Buddha, dependent origination—the teaching that everything arises in dependence on multiple causes and conditions—stands as his deepest insight into the nature and process of suffering. In this retreat, we will explore the twelve links within dependent origination that lead from misunderstanding (avijja) to suffering (dukkha) and how each link conditions the arising of the next. We will also consider how all of the Buddha's teachings and practices can be seen as challenges to the forces of dependent origination.

Tempel Smith teaches Mindfulness, Insight and Metta meditation with an emphasis on Buddhist psychology and mind-body awareness. He spent a year as a monk in Burma with Sayadaw U Pandita and Pa Auk Sayadaw, and now organizes the Dedicate Practitioner Program (DPP) for Spirit Rock and Insight Meditation Society.

*This retreat was originally given as a full-day course at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA on March 1, 2014.

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Latest Comments in this Retreat

  • lisaloon's picture
    lisaloon commented on
    July 12, 2014, 1:57 am

    The one link that I am having trouble making explicit, is that between Aging&Death, and Avijja/non-discernment...

  • Katarina Fischer's picture
    Katarina Fischer commented on
    June 10, 2014, 2:59 pm

    Wonderful clear teaching! Thank you!

  • Tempel's picture
    Tempel commented on
    June 6, 2014, 3:47 am

    In a partially joking manner you could say the aim of Buddhist practice is to remove the "A" from "Avijja", which...

  • Tempel's picture
    Tempel commented on
    June 5, 2014, 10:42 pm

    Yes, NamaRupa has a common translation as mind-matter or mentality-materiality, and some suggest "naming forms" as a...