From the ‘Introduction’ to ‘The Great Discourse on Causation – The Mahanidana Sutta and its Commentaries’, vy Bhikkhu Bodhi

“dependent arising is not merely one strand of doctrine among others, but the radical insight at the heart of the Buddha’s teaching, the insight from which everything else unfolds. […] When the arhat Assaji was asked to state the Master’s message as concisely as possible, he said it was the doctrine that phenomena arise and cease through causes. With a single sentence the Buddha dispels all doubt about the correctness of this summary: “He who sees dependent arising sees the Dhamma, he who sees the Dhamma sees dependent arising” (M.28;i,191)”

From the ‘Introduction’ to ‘The Great Discourse on Causation – The Mahanidana Sutta and its Commentaries’, vy Bhikkhu Bodhi

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