The twelve-linked chain of causation contains the three paths of earthly desires, karma and suffering. (On the Twelve-Linked Chain of Causation Gosho, p.53)
The principle of the twelve-linked chain of causation is a basic teaching of Buddhism. It can be said that it is a detailed expression of the Four Noble Truths explaining where the causes of our unhappiness come from.
Unhappiness begins with illusion, which is based on earthly desire. Through the thoughts and actions that result from illusion, we create karma, and as a result of that karma, we experience suffering. The twelve-linked chain of causation is an explanation of how this three-tiered causal relationship (illusion, karma and suffering) applies to the reality of our lives.
Visit Myosenji Temple Sunday
This Sunday, May 31st, our Chief Priest will lecture on Karma. The meeting begins at 2:00 pm. To learn more about Buddhism, Karma and how the 12-Linked Chain of Causation impacts your life, visit Myosenji Temple this Sunday.