Interdependence: part one

In today’s podcast we discuss the concept of interdependence. Beginning with the Sanskrit term pratityasamutpada, or Dependent Coarising, interdependence has played a fairly central role in Buddhist thought, over the centuries influencing Hua-yen philosophy and Buddhist relationships to nature.

And because there’s an extra Friday this month (and because we sure can talk a lot!), be sure to tune in for a bonus podcast on May 30th.

2 thoughts on “Interdependence: part one”

  1. Thanks for providing yet another excellent podcast. I’m looking forward to Part II. For some reason, your discussion of milking cows called to mind the children’s song “Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly” ( I was wondering if the song might be useful for illustrating the concept of interdependence in a Dharma school lesson, but am not sure if it really fits. I’d be interested to hear your thoughts.

  2. Henry, I never got back to you on this one – I thought of another couple of songs that could work as well – “Dem Dry Bones” and “There’s A Hole In the Bucket.” I tried them out today – it was fun! “Dem Dry Bones” doesn’t really work too well, “Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly” goes over well despite the air of death surrounding the old lady :p and we all sang “There’s a Hole” which was fun. Short answer – although they may not fit perfectly, they’re fun!

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