A swingin’ Dharma chant with a bow to song writer James Weldon Johnson. Ven. Thubten Chodron gives in-depth teachings on the Twelve Links of Dependent Origination in her weekly teachings on Samsara, Nirvana, and Buddha Nature, streamed and archived on Vimeo Livestream. Teaching is Fridays at 6:15 pm Pacific Time.

12 links, 12 dependently arising links.
Duhkha’s a condition that really stinks.
Samsara starts with how we think,
Then the wheel of life rolls on.

Aging and death come from
Birth and,
Birth follows on from
Renewed existence
Existence ripens cause your
Clinging
And the wheel of life rolls on.

Clinging is amplified
Craving
Craving arises from
Feeling and
Feeling happens when
There’s contact.
Samsara just rolls on.

Samten Regan and Venerable Thubten Tsultrim connect before the procession to the Hall.

Contact depends on six
sources
Six sources rise directly from
Name and form.
Name and form come from a seed on your
Consciousness
That was planted a long time ago.

Consciousness bears the imprint
Of action
Formative action is impelled by ignorance
That blind old ign’rance is the main cause
It’s why the wheel of life rolls on.

Cutting ignorance stops the action
Stopping action ends the consciousness
No consciousness no name and form
No name and form no sources
Without sources there’s no contact
No contact means no feeling
No feeling means no craving
No craving means no clinging
No clinging ends existence
No existence means no birth
And aging and death are done.

12 links, 12 dependently arising links.
They all begin with how we think
But wisdom cuts the root of all these links,
And the wheel of life is done.
And the wheel of life is done.
And the wheel of life is done.

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