Early Meanings of Dependent-Origination

  title={Early Meanings of Dependent-Origination},
  author={Eviatar Shulman},
  journal={Journal of Indian Philosophy},
  • Eviatar Shulman
  • Published 1 April 2008
  • Philosophy, Psychology
  • Journal of Indian Philosophy
Dependent-origination, possibly the most fundamental Buddhist philosophical principle, is generally understood as a description of all that exists. Mental as well as physical phenomena are believed to come into being only in relation to, and conditioned by, other phenomena. This paper argues that such an understanding of pratītya-samutpāda is mistaken with regard to the earlier meanings of the concept. Rather than relating to all that exists, dependent-origination related originally only to… 

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