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If the chain of dependent origination (Pratītyasamutpāda) ends, then isn't the last part independent?

Dependent Origin or Pratītyasamutpāda is defined as It states that all dharmas (phenomena) arise in dependence upon other dharmas And then there are these 12 causes one after another, each depending ...
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What is ignorance in Buddhism and what are examples of ignorance?

Wikipedia describes ignorance and delusions. This appears to be academic and do not find examples that are easily related. What is ignorance? How is it different to delusions or are they the same? ...
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Difference between the Scientific Law of Causality and the Buddhist Law of Conditionality

What is the difference between the scientific law of causality and the Buddhist law of conditionality (Paṭiccasamuppāda)? I am not convinced with the way Ven. Bikkhu Bodhi, for example, has drawn the ...
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Why are the psychological forces that stop us from attaining Nibbana greater/stronger than those propel us towards Nibbana?

Why is it that the psychological forces like lust, greed, desire, unskilful emotions, etc, which take us away from Nibbana feel so strong and have greater pull than the forces that propel us towards ...
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In which ways do anagamis still experience ignorance?

According to the ten fetters model, one of the five fetters which are only removed at attaining arahantship is ignorance (avijja). This means that anagamis are still subject to ignorance in some way. ...
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Why is Buddhism a venture of a limited few?

This question is further to my last question on Nirvana and evolution, and considering the answer... If we believe the Buddhist cosmology to be true and Nirvana as an evolutionary next step, then why ...
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The Four Nutriments: what do the metaphors in SN 12.63 mean?

In the Puttamansa Sutta, the Four Nutriments ('ahara') of physical food, sense contact, intention & consciousness are discussed using four comparative similes ('metaphors'). The 1st simile of ...
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Is life not blessing or mystery but suffering in Buddhism?

Just like the title my question is as simple as it gets. Please give your thought as short as possible. I just wanna confirm my idea.
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Is there a mistranslation of definition of ignorance?

Ignorance is the cause of suffering. Buddha says in SN 12.2 : “And what, bhikkhus, is ignorance? Not knowing suffering, not knowing the origin of suffering, not knowing the cessation of ...
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How can consciousness arise without the fuel?

Namo Buddhaya. Craving is said to be the root of the fuel. Without fuel consciousness can not arise. However in the dependent origination craving manifests very late in the sequence of dependent ...
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What is effluent?

The Brahmana Sutta, for example, mentions "effluent": So it is with an arahant whose mental effluents are ended ... Or in Adhimutta, One gone to the far shore without clinging without ...