The 9th International Conference Buddhism & Australia
Chinese Buddhist Encyclopedia Illustrations
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It has two specific meanings within Buddhism.
The more common use refers to the Twelve Nidanas or "a concatenation of cause and effect", which is the cycle of Rebirth as described by Gautama upon which a re-becoming is thought by Buddhists to rest, which is also called the twelve links of Dependent origination'.
These four Nidanas:
represent the process of what we usually call meditation.
This latter sequence of 'positive nidanas' represents a definite progression and is also regarded as a chain of causation, not a negative one, of bondage and attachment, but one that leads to freedom.
As a Buddhist says, "through our actions we create the world in which we live, through our actions we may purify ourselves, free ourselves of our delusions and make ourselves able to truly act for the welfare of all beings."