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Nidana Chain Practice

by Santavajri (2021)

This is a practice to focus on the cyclical and spiral formula of pratitya-samutpada, or conditioned arising.

It was led on an ordination training retreat at Tiratanaloka in January 2021. The theme was ‘The Transcendental Principle’, the retreat where we study Sangharakshita, The Survey of Buddhism. It is recommended that you learn this practice on that retreat before doing it at home.

The practice isn’t about memorising the stages of the wheel and spiral, but about letting your study of those nidanas feed into your imagination. Without trying to force an understanding, let the words evoke a picture, a reality beyond words in your body and mind.