Anatomy of Quarrels and Disputes

Linda S. Blanchard


The sutta known as "Quarrels and Disputes" in the Sutta Nipāta may well contain the earliest rendering of dependent arising. At first glance it appears to be limited to a discussion of causes leading to our desire for that which is dear to us, to have significantly fewer links than the classic twelve-link version, and to make no use of the Prajāpati myth. An examination that focuses primarily on words used that match up well to the usual formula for dependent arising indicates otherwise.

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