'Going off the Map'

Dependent Arising in the Nettippakara?a


  • Dhivan Thomas Jones University of Chester




Dependent Arising, Nettippakaraṇa, Buddhist hermeneutics


The early Buddhist exegetical text, the Nettippakara?a, apparently uniquely, describes the stages of the path as ‘transcendental dependent arising’ (lokuttara pa?icca-samupp?da), in contrast with the twelve nid?nas, called ‘worldly dependent arising’ (lokiya pa?icca-samupp?da). A close reading of the Nettippakara?ain relation to another, related, exegetical text, the Pe?akopadesa, reveals that the latter interprets the same stages of the path in a different way. More broadly, while the Pe?akopadesa takes pa?icca-samupp?dato refer only to the twelve nid?nas, the Nettippakara?a’s exegetical strategy takes pa?icca-samupp?dato refer to an over-arching principle of conditionality, both ‘worldly’ and ‘transcendental’. This exegesis has proved popular with modern western Buddhist exegetes. 

Author Biography

Dhivan Thomas Jones, University of Chester

Lecturer in Religious and Philosophical Studies, Department of Theology and Religious Studies


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How to Cite

Jones, D. T. (2020). ’Going off the Map’: Dependent Arising in the Nettippakara?a. Buddhist Studies Review, 36(2), 167–190. https://doi.org/10.1558/bsr.38816