2. The Section Derived from the Abstract Teaching



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01: The Conditions Tetrad

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With ignorance as condition there is a (volitional) process, The comm. explains that, unlike in the discourse teaching, here we are only dealing with single mind moments, so only a single (volitional) process is mentioned.01
with a (volitional) process as condition: consciousness,
with consciousness as condition: mind, Comm: the first section of the tetrad is called, the twelvefold section with two parts incomplete, because only mind in this line (not bodily form), and only the sixth sense sphere (not all of the sense spheres) in the next are mentioned. As we will see the other tetrads have names and variations of a similar kind. 02
with mind as condition: the sixth sense sphere, Among other explanations, the comm. says that the first two sections can be seen as referring to life in the formless-world spheres (where there is only mind), the third to life in the form-world spheres (where there is mind and fine materiality), and the fourth to life in the sense-world spheres (where both mind and bodily form exist).03
with the sixth sense sphere as condition: contact,
with contact as condition: feeling,
with feeling as condition: craving,
with craving as condition: attachment,
with attachment as condition: continuation,
with continuation as condition: birth,
with birth as condition: ageing, death, Comm: grief, lamentation and so on are not mentioned here because they do not occur in every conscious moment. The comm. says that although ageing and death do not occur in every moment they are included for the sake of completion. 04
and so there is an origination of this whole mass of suffering.

With ignorance as condition there is a (volitional) process,
with a (volitional) process as condition: consciousness,
with consciousness as condition: mind, Comm: the second section is called, the elevenfold section with one part incomplete, because only mind is mentioned in this line (not bodily form).05
with mind as condition: contact, The sense spheres are not mentioned at all here, following the Mahānidānasuttantaṁ (DN 15), therefore there are only eleven links in the series in this section.06
with contact as condition: feeling,
with feeling as condition: craving,
with craving as condition: attachment,
with attachment as condition: continuation,
with continuation as condition: birth,
with birth as condition: ageing, death,
and so there is an origination of this whole mass of suffering.

With ignorance as condition there is a (volitional) process,
with a (volitional) process as condition: consciousness,
with consciousness as condition: mind and bodily form,
with mind and bodily form as condition: the sixth sense sphere, Comm: third section, the twelvefold section with one part incomplete, mind and bodily form are both mentioned in this variation, but only the sixth sense sphere is listed, hence the name here (PTS edition reads paripuṇṇa, but this is evidently incorrect). 07
with the sixth sense sphere as condition: contact,
with contact as condition: feeling,
with feeling as condition: craving,
with craving as condition: attachment,
with attachment as condition: continuation,
with continuation as condition: birth,
with birth as condition: ageing, death,
and so there is an origination of this whole mass of suffering.

With ignorance as condition there is a (volitional) process,
with a (volitional) process as condition: consciousness,
with consciousness as condition: mind and bodily form,
with mind and bodily form as condition: the six sense spheres, Comm. fourth section: paripuṇṇa-dvādasaṅgiko, the complete twelvefold section. Although only the sixth sense sphere is mentioned in the next line, it is not counted as a part. 08
with the sixth sense sphere as condition: The comm. explains that as we are dealing with only one mind moment, then only the sixth sense sphere is mentioned as the cause of contact. 09 contact,
with contact as condition: feeling,
with feeling as condition: craving,
with craving as condition: attachment,
with attachment as condition: continuation,
with continuation as condition: birth,
with birth as condition: ageing, death,
and so there is an origination of this whole mass of suffering.

The Conditions Tetrad