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The Second and Third Truths

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 If this sticky, uncouth Craving overcomes you in the World, your sorrows grow like wild grass after rain. If, in the World, you overcome this sticky, uncouth Craving, sorrows roll off you, like water beads off a Lotus.

— Dhp 335-336
If its root remains undamaged and strong, a tree, even if cut, will grow back. So too if latent Craving is not rooted out, this Suffering returns again & again.

— Dhp 338

And what is the Noble method that is rightly seen and rightly ferreted out by discernment? There is the case where a Noble disciple notices:

When this is, that is.
From the arising of this comes the arising of that.
When this isn't, that isn't.
From the cessation of this comes the cessation of that.

In other words:

From Ignorance as a requisite condition come fabrications.
From fabrications as a requisite condition comes Consciousness.
From Consciousness as a requisite condition comes name-and-Form.
From name-and-Form as a requisite condition come the six sense media.
From the six sense media as a requisite condition comes contact.
From contact as a requisite condition comes feeling.
From feeling as a requisite condition comes Craving.
From Craving as a requisite condition comes clinging/sustenance.
From clinging/sustenance as a requisite condition comes becoming.
From becoming as a requisite condition comes birth.
From birth as a requisite condition, then old age and Death, sorrow, lamentation, pain, distress, and despair come into play. Such is the origination of this entire mass of stress and Suffering.


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Now from the remainderless fading and cessation of that very Ignorance comes the cessation of fabrications.

From the cessation of fabrications comes the cessation of Consciousness. From the cessation of Consciousness comes the cessation of name-and-Form.

From the cessation of name-and-Form comes the cessation of the six sense media. From the cessation of the six sense media comes the cessation of contact.

From the cessation of contact comes the cessation of feeling. From the cessation of feeling comes the cessation of Craving.

From the cessation of Craving comes the cessation of clinging/sustenance.

From the cessation of clinging/sustenance comes the cessation of becoming. From the cessation of becoming comes the cessation of birth.

From the cessation of birth, then old age and Death, sorrow, lamentation, pain, distress, and despair all cease. Such is the cessation of this entire mass of stress and Suffering.

This is the Noble method that is rightly seen and rightly ferreted out by discernment.

— A X.92

Stress and Suffering have birth as their prerequisite,
conviction has stress and Suffering as its prerequisite,
Joy has conviction as its prerequisite,
rapture has Joy as its prerequisite,
serenity has rapture as its prerequisite,
pleasure has serenity as its prerequisite,
Concentration has pleasure as its prerequisite,
Knowledge and vision of things as they actually are present has Concentration as its prerequisite,
disenchantment has Knowledge and vision of things as they actually are present as its prerequisite,
dispassion has disenchantment as its prerequisite,
release has dispassion as its prerequisite,
Knowledge of ending has release as its prerequisite.

Source

www.accesstoinsight.org