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Dependent Origination
Teacher: His Holiness the 42nd Sakya Trizin Ratna Vajra Rinpoche,
Venue: Spain,
Year: 2017

His Holiness the 42nd Sakya Trizin, Ratna Vajra Rinpoche, bestowed this teaching on June 21, 2017, at the request of Sakya Gephel Ling, Barcelona, Spain.

The Tibetan term "tenching drelwar jungwa" means dependent origination, or dependent arising. Its short form is tendrel. The Buddha’s doctrine of tendrel asserts the interconnected nature of all phenomena. In its most basic formulation, tendrel means that everything arises from causes and conditions. In this sense, tendrel is essential for understanding karma, but tendrel is also connected to the doctrines of impermanence and emptiness. The Buddha said, “One who sees dependent origination sees the Dharma. One who sees the Dharma sees dependent origination.” By understanding tendrel, we can understand the cause of our suffering, the path to the cessation of suffering, and eventually the nature of the view.

Tendrel is evident, too, in different aspects of mundane life. In this teaching, His Holiness shares some examples of these to help us understand the concept. Then, explaining the twelve links of dependent origination that begin with ignorance and end with death, His Holiness explains how Dharma practice produces the cessation of suffering and leads to liberation and enlightenment.

Source: This teaching was obtained from Sakya Gephelling TV Youtube.

The results that we ordinary beings obtain depend on their causes and conditions. However, this does not mean our lives are predestined—this is the unique characteristic of Buddhism. 

By understanding the doctrine of dependent origination, we can face situations in life calmly, and be more mindful about the actions of our physical, speech and mind, living life in the right way. Furthermore, attaining liberation and buddhahood are its ultimate benefits. 

In this teaching, His Holiness deciphers the profundity of dependent origination in a clear manner. Studying and contemplating this teaching repeatedly and then putting it into practice will enable us to reap both the temporary and ultimate results.