16. Right Understanding: The Emergence Model
Geoffrey Hunt [+]
University of Surrey
He has taught meditation in schools, in a prison, a village for the elderly, and an alcohol rehabilitation centre. He has served the Dhamma in hospices, funerals and interfaith events. He has worked in Japan, Nigeria and Lesotho and is a writer and international speaker on ethical issues of health, science and advanced technology. He has published several books in the field of professional ethics. He is married to Rev. Beverley Hunt, an Anglican minister.
Even the Buddha admitted that his doctrine of ‘Co-dependent Origination’ is at first difficult to grasp. In this chapter the author re-casts the doctrine in a simplified version of the ‘emergence’ of one thing from another, as described in modern ‘complexity theory’. Also, a surrealist scenario at a supermarket is used in this chapter to explain the Buddha’s view of a network of conditions underlying our view of reality.