The intention of this topic is to come up with an understanding of what the sutta says about the ending of dependent origination and the experience of it at the individual level.
Suttas like the Upanisa Sutta (SN 12.23) depict two distinct modes of dependent origination: suffering perpetuating origination and a suffering eradicating dependent origination.
As highlighted by Bhikkhu Bodhi in his excelent article on this very special sutta, the commentaries tend to call the first one mundane dependent origination (lokiya-paticcasamuppada) and the second one transcendental dependent origination (lokuttara-paticcasamuppada).
Kamma formations (sankhara)
Sixfold sense base (salayatana)
Knowledge and vision of things as they are (yathabhutañanadassana)
Knowledge of destruction of the cankers (asavakkhaye ñana)
The relevance and validity of this two modes classification is that it has a very practical bias in terms of how the topic of dependent origination should be approached in the context of the noble task of cultivating the path towards the end of suffering.
In the Upanisa Sutta the Buddha presents a clear process flow map for one’s cultivation of the right conditions for the fruition of arahantship - namely emancipation (vimutti) and knowledge of destruction of the cankers (asavakkhaye ñana).
The process flow map has as a starting point the linkage between suffering and faith/conviction in the Buddha’s enlightenment and the efficacy of the four noble truths he brought back to the world.
What the Upanisa Sutta does not do is to present a clear explanation of how and exactly from which point does the mundane mode of dependent origination reaches an end, falls apart.
The only thing that is clear that once ignorance is gone the whole of the mundane dependent origination is gone.
Then, by having as reference the framework of the gradual abandonment of the fiver lower and the five higher fetters, the suttas make a clear link between fruition of arahantship, found at the end point of Upanisa Sutta’s transcendental dependent origination, and the total dispelling of ignorance.
By this way, there should be no doubt that it is quite safe to say that at least the fruition of arahantship guarantees the total falling apart of mundane dependent origination.
The open question is if it there is in any way in the suttas an indication that the mundane dependent origination could fall apart at any earlier point of the path, even if for a moment?