Reviewing Dependent Origination

This talk provides a view of a core Buddhist concept that describes how karma is formed that differs from the traditional Theravaden understanding–instead of the terminology of Dependent Origination, a case is made for an alternative rendering, Contingent Provisional Emergence, which includes more contemporary concepts and research regarding the formative drives that create our personality structures.  This view complements comments from the previous meeting of August 17, 2022 regarding the Five Aggregates of Clinging, part of the Fourth Foundation of Mindfulness.

Here are the notes prepared for this talk:  Understanding Contingent Provisional Emergence

Next week’s talk will begin a review of the Seven Awakening Factors, qualities of attention that significantly develop liberation from distress and confusion in the mind, leading to a transformative understanding regarding our self-state organizations.


Reviewing Contingent Provisional Emergence

This talk provides a thorough review of the core Buddhist concept Paticca Samuppada, typically translated as Dependent Origination.  A different rendering of the concept is provided, including reference to a contemporary concept, complexity theory which led to the term Contingent Provisional Emergence.  The Theravadin tradition describes 12 elements to the concept and each is reviewed, with emphasis on the nonlinear aspects of how the moment-by-moment process of self organization operates.

This talk can be accompanied by: “Guided Investigating Feelings Meditation”, found in the archives, to reinforce the importance of mindfulness of feelings to realize the potential of the paticca samuppada concept.

Here are the extensive notes prepared for this talk; it is recommended to download and read them to more thoroughly understand the concept:  Contingent Provisional Emergence Review



Guided Investigation of Feelings Meditation

This meditation is intended to focus attention on the impermanence of feelings, either related to physical sensations or mental phenomena.  Cultivating skillfulness in this practice facilitates the ability to realize the benefits suggested in the concept of paticca samuppada, typically translated as dependent origination, but also to be understood as contingent provisional emergence, the focus of the Dharma talk presented the same evening “Reviewing Contingent Provisional Emergence”, which is a thorough review of paticca samuppada from a contemporary perception informed by complexity theory and neuroscientific research.


How To Change Your Mind December 2, 2020

This talk reviews the key Buddhist concept of paticca sammuppada, typically translated as dependent origination.  During the talk, Peter explains an alternative understanding he developed, contingent provisional emergence, using terms that are hopefully more useful for contemporary Buddhist practitioners.  Paticca sammuppada has 12 elements, which are individually reviewed during the talk, emphasizing their non-linear, co-creative function in creating on a moment-by-moment basis the subjective self we all experience.  Specific focus is placed on the interactions between feeling and craving/clinging as the target for wise attention in order to change one’s karma, bringing relief from dukkha–distress and confusion.  This review is followed by comments from those participating in the Zoom meeting.  There is an accompanying guided meditation for this talk: “Guided Changing Your Mind Meditation”, posted in the archive.

Here are the notes prepared for this talk:  Contingent Provisional Emergence

The focus for next week’s talk is a review of the process of Awakening.


Guided Changing Your Mind Meditation

This guided meditation is intended to cultivate mindfulness of feelings in order to make manifest the potential of the key Buddhist concept of paticca sammuppada, translated as dependent origination.  This concept describes how a person’s karma is organized in ways that liberate the mind from craving and clinging.  A variety of useful targets of attention while practicing mindfulness of breathing meditation are offered during the recording that support this goal.  It is intended to complement the Dharma talk entitled ” How To Change Your Mind”, recorded after to this recording on December 2, 2020.