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Thursday, September 22, 2005

Causes and Conditions

All things appear and disappear because of the concurrence of causes and conditions. Nothing ever exists entirely alone; everything is in relation to everything else.


James's comment: I like to think of waves crashing into the coast and receeding back out into the ocean when contemplating this teaching.

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Jonpaul said...

I enjoy your blog. Thanks.

M.D. Shellhammer said...

Didn't the Buddha once say that we live and die within our own mind? If so,then I wonder if the causes and conditions aren't generated by mind as well. To what extent this may be true, I couldn't say, but I wonder about it often. If the locus of control is within us as Alan Watts often taught then think about the depth of our responsibility.

"James" said...

John Paul:

Thanks for visiting. I appreciate the compliment!


I think that yes, the mind must be included if we are to believe the Buddha in saying, "Nothing ever exists entirely alone; everything is in relation to everything else."

Belly said...

Beautiful imagery. Being an ocean shore dweller I spend much time watching the waves do their thing.

Thanks again!

James said...


Yeah, I REALLY enjoy the ocean. There are so many lessons that caught be taught to us by the ocean. It is a great meditation tool as well.

My wife is from Hawaii and a year or so ago we went back for a family reunion and rented a beach house on Oahu's north shore. I was able to meditate on morning near the beach and it was just beautiful. The sounds were so sweet and gentle.

alwaysdare said...

WOW, your blog is incredible. I got so much stuff to read and catch up on from past months.

Keep up the good work, it's awesome! :)

"James" said...


Thank-you very much. I am pleased that you find inspiration here.

(bows to the Buddha within you).

zlyrica said...

We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world. – Buddha

"James" said...


Excellent addition to the post. Thank-you.

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