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Of the many unique teachings of the Buddha, dependent origination—the teaching that everything arises in dependence on multiple causes and conditions—stands as his deepest insight into the nature and process of suffering. In this retreat, we will explore the twelve links within dependent origination that lead from misunderstanding (avijja) to suffering (dukkha) and how each link conditions the arising of the next. We will also consider how all of the Buddha’s teachings and practices can be seen as challenges to the forces of dependent origination.

Tempel Smith teaches Mindfulness, Insight and Metta meditation with an emphasis on Buddhist psychology and mind-body awareness. He spent a year as a monk in Burma with Sayadaw U Pandita and Pa Auk Sayadaw, and now organizes the Dedicate Practitioner Program (DPP) for Spirit Rock and Insight Meditation Society.

*This retreat was originally given as a full-day course at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA on March 1, 2014.