Seeing Dependent Origination in the Moment

Event time: 
Wednesday, March 8, 2023 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Humanities Quadrangle HQ, 136 See map
320 York Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Event description: 

Seeing Dependent Origination in the Moment:
The Theravāda Analysis of Paṭiccasamuppāda Within a Single Moment of Cognition and Abhidharma Psychological Theory
Professor of Buddhist Studies (emeritus), University of Bristol
President, The Pali Text Society
That the doctrine of dependent origination is central to Buddhist thought is universally recognised. Not surprisingly the doctrine has been much studied and commented on in modern scholarship, especially with regard to its presentation in the earliest Buddhist scriptures and its exegesis as an account of the continuity of human exist over past, present, and futures lives within later commentaries such as Buddhaghosa’s Visuddhimagga and Vasubandhu’s Abhidharmakośa. Surprisingly, the Abhidharma treatments of dependent origination as relevant to the arising of a single moment of cognition (cittakkhaṇa) seem to have been largely overlooked. The present talk focuses on the analysis of momentary dependent origination presented in chapter six of the Vibhaṅga, the second book of the Theravāda Abhidhamma-piṭaka and its commentary. This reveals a series of overlooked variations in the constituents of dependent origination that key into the broader Abhidharma psychological theory.
Sponsored by the Glorisun Global Network for Buddhist Studies and the Department of Religious Studies


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