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How Karma Works: The Twelve Links of Dependent-Arising

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We all want to find happiness and be free from suffering. Happiness comes from positive mental states and actions, and suffering from the opposite. The twelve-part process of dependent arising shows how actions underlain by ignorance propel us from one rebirth into another, keeping us trapped in suffering, and how through understanding reality correctly we can break this cycle. The four noble truths, the twelve links of dependent arising, and the two truths regarding conventional and ultimate reality, all ...

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Overview

We all want to find happiness and be free from suffering. Happiness comes from positive mental states and actions, and suffering from the opposite. The twelve-part process of dependent arising shows how actions underlain by ignorance propel us from one rebirth into another, keeping us trapped in suffering, and how through understanding reality correctly we can break this cycle. The four noble truths, the twelve links of dependent arising, and the two truths regarding conventional and ultimate reality, all interrelated, form the very core of the Buddha's teaching. The many different practices of sutra and tantra become meaningful and purposeful only when they are based on a good understanding of these fundamental and seminal principles. This oral teaching by Geshe Sonam Rinchen is based on the Rice Seedling Sutra and the twenty-sixth chapter of Nagarjuna's Treatise on the Middle Way.

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“Ruth Sonam's clear translations . . . offer easily accessible commentaries on the teachings suitable for practitioners at all levels." —The Middle Way
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559392549
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/25/2006
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 980,063
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.51 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Geshe Sonam Rinchen (1933–2013) studied at Sera Je Monastery and in 1980 received the Lharampa Geshe degree. He taught Buddhist philosophy and practice at the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives in Dharamsala, India, as well as in dharma centers around the world.

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Table of Contents

1 The wheel of existence 7
2 The root of our troubles 13
3 Dependent arising 19
4 How things are produced 23
5 Extricating ourselves 35
6 The twelve links 45
7 Ignorance 49
8 Action and rebirth 59
9 Experience and response 69
10 Birth, aging, and death 77
11 Advice about actions 83
12 Reversing the process 91
13 A gift for a king 95
App. 1 Contents of Nagarjuna's treatise on the middle way 99
App. 2 Ways of summarizing the twelve links 105
The root text : examining the twelve links of existence 109
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