16. Right Understanding: Emergence Model

The Buddha's Path of Peace - A Step-by-Step Guide - Geoffrey Hunt

Geoffrey Hunt [+-]
University of Surrey
Geoffrey Hunt is Buddhist Chaplain at the University of Surrey, UK. He is now Visiting Professor in Buddhist Ethics at the same university where, before retirement, he was Full Professor in Philosophy of Care, and taught and researched mainly in the field of healthcare and bioethics. From 2008 to 2014 he worked on ethical aspects of nanotechnology for scientific projects of the European Commission. In 2002 he founded, and continues to lead, the lay movement New Buddha Way www.newbuddhaway.org in Surrey, UK.

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.

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Hunt, Geoffrey. 16. Right Understanding: Emergence Model. The Buddha's Path of Peace - A Step-by-Step Guide. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Jul 2020. ISBN 9781781799635. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=39415. Date accessed: 23 Jan 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.39415. Jul 2020

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