16 minutes, 16 mm, colour, 1:1,38
Accavijam bhante abbhutam, bhante yava gambhiro cayam bhante paticca-samuppada gambhiravabhaso ca. Atha ca pana me uttanakuttanako viya khayatiti.
Maha-Nidana-Suttanta – Digha Nikaya XV.
Amazing Lord, marvellous Lord it is, that whereas this doctrine of events as arising from causes is so deep and looks so deep, to me it seems as clear as clear can be.
Dialogues of the Buddha, doctrine of dependent origination –
Translation from the Pali
by T.W. Rhys Davids
The doctrine of paticca-samuppada – that all dhamma (phenomena physical and mental) are paticcasa muppamma (happen by the way of cause) finds in the Maha-Nidana-Suttanta the fulliest exposition accorded to it throughout the Pitakas. Thus Buddaghosa, in explaining the name paticca-samuppada, points out, that it excludes all theories of absolutism, nihilism, chance, irregular causation and indeterminism. And of such theories, it is concerning the implied rejection of the first two that he is most explicit. Namely, that there is no persistent ego reaping results in one life sown as causes in a previous life, and that it is not a different, an alien ego either, which reaps. The latter person is the resultant, the creature, the evolute of the former.
T.W. Rhys Davids
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Original title Paticca-samuppada
English title Paticca-samuppada
Produced by Michael Pilz
Concept and realization by Michael Pilz
Cinematography by Michael Pilz
Original sound by Othmar Schmiderer
Edited by Michael Pilz
First public screening 16 October, 1986, Austrian Filmdays, Wels/Austria
Festivals Wels (AT), Riga (LV), Graz (AT)
Copyright by Michael Pilz Film
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