Paticcasamuppada: The Theory of Dependent Origination: A Scientific Means of Changing Outlook and Behaviour

  • Praveen KumarEmail author
Part of the The Anthropocene: Politik—Economics—Society—Science book series (APESS, volume 26)


Paticcasamuppada is one of the central concepts of Buddhist philosophy, propounding that each dhamma (mental phenomenon) is intrinsically connected to other dhammas (mental phenomena) philosophically. This argument is used to explain dukkha (suffering) and samasara (world), which continue the cycle of birth incessantly. In the present scenario this argument becomes pertinent in the context of sustainable development. Development of anything is centred around man and the value system held by him. The greed in human beings is detrimental to them and nature, in the context of sustainable development. Paticcasamuppada explains the origin of greed in man and how it can be reduced or eliminated. Thus paticcasamuppada becomes relevant in the context of sustainable development.


Avijja (ignorance) Sanikhara (karma formations) Vinnana (consciousness) Nama-rupam (mind and matter) Salayatanam (six faculties) Phasso (contact) Vedana (sensation) Tanha (desire) Upadanam (clinging) Bhavo (process of becoming) Jati (birth) Jara-marana Dukkha domanassa (decay, death, lamentation, pain) 


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  1. 1.Niswass CollegeBhubaneswarIndia

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