Arising Through Causal Condition

Venerable Guren Martin

In Buddhism there is the fundamental teaching of Arising. Through Causal Condition, this is an important teaching in Buddhism, and so I will make an explanation now.

Arising Through Causal Condition. Causal Condition is explained using this example. A plant is produced from a seed. Due to the influence of various causal conditions, the sun, the rain, the soil, the seasons, a seed will develop into a plant. Various causal conditions act on the seed. And the seed grows into a plant.

Causal condition also refers to sounds, sights, smells, tastes, thoughts, and feelings, the "Sense-objects". Sometimes the word Causal condition has been translated as relation or affinity. The world that we live in is a vast concurrence or coming together of Causal conditions. There is a poem about Causal condition that I would like to introduce to you.

A caterpillar on a willow branch,
The wind blows the caterpillar rolls off.
A butterfly on a pear flower,
Rain falls, the butterfly flies off.

This poem is about our life, each and every one of us. It is about the coming together of causal conditions, the various causal conditions of existence. Also there is the teaching of the Cycle of Change. The cycle of change refers to Formation, Continuation, Destruction, and Disintegration.

First, there is Formation. Things come into existence. They are formed. Then, these things that are formed, continue. Things have their life, they continue. Then there is destruction. Things that are formed, and continue, are destroyed. They perish. And then they disintegrate. The elements that came together, separate, Disintegration.

The Cycle of Change explains a natural law which phenomena accord to. Human Beings also accord to the cycle of change.