DO & the five khandhas as the origin of conflict

Hi all,

Texts like the Madhupiṇḍika Sutta (MN 18) and the Kalahavivāda Sutta (Snp 4.11) contain alternative dependent origination chains and explicitly offer them as analysis of how conflict comes about, the famous ‘quarrels and disputes’. I don’t think it’s controversial to say that one of the points of DO is to explain the origin of dukkha in the sense of disputes, but is that made explicit in any sutta which uses the standard DO chain?

Similarly, clinging to the five aggregates is said to be the origin of fixed views which, logically, lead to disputes. And I have the vague memory that this is quite clear in some text but I can’t find it now. I’ve been searching the debates on DO here and it seems this hasn’t been covered. Hoping you can help!



Oddly, trying to research your question (I failed), I did find MN128, for which I must therefore thank you.


“Enough, mendicants! Stop arguing, quarreling, and fighting.” --MN128

…(followed by much to study but having nothing to do with DO)…

The main treatment of DO in the suttas is contained in SN12.2, so that would be a good place to look.

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