Suffering in This Life and Paticca Samuppada

October 28, 2016

In a previous desana in this section, we discussed how suffering in this life is described in the beginning of the Maha Satipattana Sutta. In this desana, we will discuss how it is described by Paticca Samuppada.

“Suffering in This Life – According to Paticca Samuppada”

Links mentioned in the desana:

1. Posts in the “Paticca Samuppada” can be consulted for details on Paticca Samuppada cycles.

2. TanhaTanha – How We Attach Via Greed, Hate, and Ignorance

3. Mano sankhara arise automatically, without conscious thoughts. And conscious thoughts — even without speech — are vaci sankhara:

How Are Gathi and Kilesa Incorporated into Thoughts?

  • In this desana, I incorrectly said that speech is vaci sankhara because the mouth and the tongue are moved during speech. However, whether one talks to oneself or actually get the words out loud, both are vaci sankhara. There is a difference between moving body parts in general (as in walking) and moving the lips and tongues during speech: They are done with two types of rupa: kaya vinnatti and vaci vinnatti respectively. I will discuss this in detail later.
  • My thanks to the reader who pointed out my mistake in categorizing speech as kaya sankhara. I had to dig deeper in Abhidhamma to find the explanation. I can and do make mistakes, and that is why I welcome your input. My goal is to have this website to be fully self-consistent.
  1. Suffering in this life due to vaci and kaya sankhara done in this life:

Suffering in This Life – Role of Mental Impurities

Satipattana Sutta – Relevance to Suffering in This Life

5. Role of asobhana cetasika in immoral thoughts:

What Are Kilesa (Mental Impurities)? – Connection to Cetasika

6. Phassa and samphassa:

Difference between Phassa and Samphassa

Kāma Assāda Start with Phassa Paccaya Vedana or Samphassa Ja Vedana

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