New light on the twelve Nidānas

  title={New light on the twelve Nidānas},
  author={Dhivan Thomas Jones},
  journal={Contemporary Buddhism},
  pages={241 - 259}
  • D. T. Jones
  • Published 2009
  • Sociology
  • Contemporary Buddhism
Pa icca samuppāda (dependent arising) is the central philosophical principle of Buddhism, and is most commonly exemplified in the suttas in terms of the twelve nidānas. The ubiquitous interpretation of the twelve nidānas of pa icca samuppāda as taking place over three lives, a religious doctrine explaining the rebirth process, is a commentarial development, not found in the suttas. Recent Theravādin exegetes Bhikkhu Buddhadāsa and Ñā avīra Thera argue for an interpretation of the twelve nidānas… Expand
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