The Twelve Links of Interdependent Origination
The Twelve Links of Interdependent Origination. The Buddha?s teachings explain outer and inner interdependence. Of these two, it is the understanding of inner interdependence that is most important. By understanding how interdependence works in our mind, we see in sequence how one thing produces another through the twelve links of causation. It is made clear that once there is ?this? particular thing, then ?that? will happen, or, in other words, ?this? cause is the ground giving rise to ?that? effect. In this way, we understand how inner interdependence takes place progressively, how the interaction of complex elements makes up our inner experience. When we study this, we do so in the actual process of creation and action that generates samsara. We also study the order in which we can take this process apart. Dismantling the process of samsara shows the way to liberation and enlightenment. This is the reason why the teachings on inner interdependence are very important.