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Book: The Buddha's Path of Peace

Chapter: 16. Right Understanding: The Emergence Model

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.39415


Even the Buddha admitted that his doctrine of ‘Co-dependent Origination’ is at first difficult to grasp. In this chapter the author re-casts the doctrine in a simplified version of the ‘emergence’ of one thing from another, as described in modern ‘complexity theory’. Also, a surrealist scenario at a supermarket is used in this chapter to explain the Buddha’s view of a network of conditions underlying our view of reality.

Chapter Contributors

  • Geoffrey Hunt ( - geoffhunt) 'University of Surrey'