Dependent Origination: How Identity is Related to Suffering

At the request of a few people last night, here is a recording of the talk I gave last night on dependent origination:

or download here.

Here are some of the articles I quoted or referenced:

Self as Verb – Andrew Olendzki

Self, Suffering, Clinging and the Five Aggregates – Harold Hedelman

Dependent Origination from Insight Journal – Christina Feldman

And a few quotes:

“The truth is, life is rarely exactly the way we want it to be, and other people often don’t act as we would like them to. Moment to moment, there are aspects of life that we like and others that we don’t. There are always going to be people who disagree with you, people who do things differently, and things that don’t work out. If you fight against the principle of life, you’ll spend most of your life fighting battles.” ~ Richard Carlson

“A human being is a part of a whole, called by us ‘universe’, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” ~Albert Einstein~