after looking at the sutta http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html
birth is a condition for death
do i understand this correctly
one must first born in some existence
then this condition being born in next life
give a condition of dying in this life.
can this be understood this way.
Yes, the relevant section of SN 12.2 is below. Basically there is the process of becoming, which leads to a cycle of birth and therefore to a cycle of death.
"Now what is aging and death?
Whatever aging, decrepitude, brokenness, graying, wrinkling, decline of life-force, weakening of the faculties of the various beings in this or that group of beings, that is called aging. Whatever deceasing, passing away, breaking up, disappearance, dying, death, completion of time, break up of the aggregates, casting off of the body, interruption in the life faculty of the various beings in this or that group of beings, that is called death.
"And what is birth?
Whatever birth, taking birth, descent, coming-to-be, coming-forth, appearance of aggregates, & acquisition of [sense] media of the various beings in this or that group of beings, that is called birth.
"And what is becoming
? These three are becomings: sensual becoming, form becoming, & formless becoming. This is called becoming.