Greetings Sacha,(Note: this post was made whilst this topic was still in the Classical Theravada section)
Sacha G wrote:Actually I was wondering how the instructions on satipatthana (which are sufficient to bring to right view, I assume) fit with the exposition of paticcasamuppada, even if this paticcasamuppada is interpreted as showing what's happening in this very life, or even this very instant.
It is often said that the 'three lives' are comparable, because this life's past life, was the past life's present life, and so on. By that argument, if you directly know the links as they pertain to one "life", you'll know them all.
What might complicate that potentially are knowing the links that cross consecutive lifetimes, to which end I'd recommend you find one of those elaborate circular diagrams that shows the past and present causes and effects, as understood in the Mahavihara tradition, like this slightly ungainly one...
"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh
"Whether I were to preach in brief, Sāriputta, or whether I were to preach in detail, Sāriputta, or whether I were to preach both in brief or in detail, Sāriputta, rare are those who understand." (A I 333, Sāriputtasutta)