9/7/2014 – Dependent Arising, concluded

Today, Michael brought our series on the 12 links of dependent arising to its conclusion, examining the ways in which Craving and Clinging lead almost inevitably to Becoming (taking on a personality style, which we then defend), Birth (inhabiting that style of being so completely that we can’t imagine seeing beyond it), and finally Old Age & Death (the rigidity and shutting down that results from such identification).  If your belief system accommodates rebirth and multiple lifetimes, these psychologically nuanced descriptions for our current secular age can be set supplemented by the literal meaning of the names of these links in the chain.