Zhalmed Pawo wrote:According to Je Tsongkhapa (founder of the Tibetan Geluk School), dependent origination and selflessness (or emptiness) of phenomena are the same. This happens to conform with Theravada sources. (Not all, but most, as the Theravada is a huge and varieted School.)
For instance, in one Pali Sutta, after the Buddha has explained the dependant origination, Ananda says that it was a nice and easy teaching, easy for everyone to understand, to which Buddha comments that "do not say so, Ananda, since only because of not understanding dependant origination, living beings are trapped in samsara, so this dependent origination is not easy to see at all". Usually 'the escape' is presented as selflessness or emptiness, but here the Buddha says that it is dependent origination.
They are same same.
Hello Zhalmed Pawo, all,
I think this is from here:
There Ven. Ananda approached the Blessed One and, on arrival, having bowed down to the Blessed One, sat to one side. As he was sitting there he said to the Blessed One: "It's amazing, lord, it's astounding, how deep this dependent co-arising is, and how deep its appearance, and yet to me it seems as clear as clear can be."
[The Buddha:] "Don't say that, Ananda. Don't say that. Deep is this dependent co-arising, and deep its appearance. It's because of not understanding and not penetrating this Dhamma that this generation is like a tangled skein, a knotted ball of string, like matted rushes and reeds, and does not go beyond transmigration, beyond the planes of deprivation, woe, and bad destinations.http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... tml#ananda
I have always loved Ven. Ananda ... he makes all the same mistakes most of us do, and I learn so much from them.