Very happy for Gil Fronsdal's talk this morning at IMC, on 'liberative dependent origination'. In plain English, liberative dependent origination refers to the Buddha's 12 Steps to Liberation.
These are the 12 steps as I remember them from listening to Gil's talk:
Being conscious of our suffering, and wishing to find a way out of our suffering.
Having faith in the Buddha's way, to get us out of our suffering.
Experiencing joy as a result of our experience of positive effect from taking first steps along Buddha's path.
A more heightened state of joy.
Reaching (relative) tranquillity of the mind, so that the task of mindful exploration can take place.
Experiencing happiness, a state that is both deeper, and less excited than joy from step 3.
Being able to focus our attention longer, and better.
Being able to see things clearly, as they are.
Becoming disenchanted with things that used to exert a pull on us.
No longer being attached to binding states.
Liberation from suffering.
12) Knowledge of the destruction of the cankers
Although presented as linear, I am not sure the 12 steps work quite that way. At least, from my humble perspective as a novice along the path. Yes, I did start with an acute consciousness of my personal suffering, and did make a leap of faith to trust in the Buddha's way. Yes, I did feel tremendous joy initially, when I started to see the light out of the dark forest. The next steps do not feel as clear cut to me. I have moments of tranquillity, and concentration, and clarity, and disenchantment, and dispassion. They are just not sustained. I am curious, what other people's experiences are?
The full talk will be available soon on the IMC's website here. (allow three to four weeks from time of talk)