The Twenty-four Conditions of Buddhist Philosophy: Daily Realities

What are the Twenty-four Conditions of Buddhist Philosophy?

The Buddha taught that there are twenty-four conditions for each reality which arises, which occur in our daily lives. Understanding these can help you to grasp reality and avoid distorted visions of life that cause suffering. Read on to find out what the twenty-four conditions of Buddhist philosophy are.

1) Root Relations

All suffering begins with The Three Poisons, greed (ignorance), hate, and delusion. These are born of the energy of pain and used to distract us from our pain by creating false perceptions. This increasingly distorts our vision of life causing us to suffer.

2) Object Relations

Our mind is conditioned by our relationship to objects. Our mind perceives this as a relationship between our circumstances and our self. These perceptions provide our mind with names, initial reactions, thought patterns, and patterns of habitual responses to objects. The self in this context is without relationship and is seen as separate from all else. In Buddhism, this is the core belief of all suffering. In Buddhism there is no self apart from all else, as everything is interrelated. There is no ‘coming and going’, there is now and now is connected to all other present moments. There is no birth and death. Everything is always in the present, it comes together in the now, and is never lost. Oneness handles the issue of the illusion of a separate self by defining the self as a relationship with Higher Power. This is in relationship with all else, which is in relationship with our Higher Power. In Christianity it is best described in the book of John 14:20.

3) Predominance

Our mind is dominated by what we perceive as highly attractive (initially and long term) or aversive which is initially great then fades over time. This describes one of the ways our mind achieves certain types of attachments and the flavor and strengths of these attachments.

4) Proximity

Each thought and/or feeling is conditioned by the one preceding it. Our unconscious mind is involved in these attachments as well. We habitually associate objects that occur together and sequentially in time or space.

5) Contiguity

Associations flow down a natural sequence eventually forming routines. Habits or routines take up space in the mind. When a memory is ‘placed in storage’ it is done in a way that will make it easier to recall. This process is also hijacked by an attachment that is stored according to the very same rules.

6) Connaissance

Conditions that condition each other that tend to arise at the same time. Our mind has various rules of association when calling for a memory to be brought out of storage. Connaissance refers to attachments that take advantage of situations where multiple memories are usually called up at once.

7) Mutuality

Conditions that condition each other that tend to have a direct relationship between two things. Some have described this in drinking and smoking or eating something salty and drinking.

8) Support Conditioning

One conditions another by means of support. One attachment to an object (a friend who drinks) positively conditions an attachment to another object, the drink.

9) Decisive Support Condition

One strongly calls on and supports another.
(The person who always gets into a fight when they drink and drinking)

10) Pre-renascence

Conditions that follow when a specific, prior condition exists.

11) Post-renascence

A condition that requires the conditioning of another once it has begun.

12) Repetition Condition

Repetition conditions by habit formation. This is a major way attachments spread both within a person and from person to person.

13) Karma

All actions enlightened or not. The unconscious mind connects everything we think, do, and say. There is not thought, feeling or action that does not have a consequence. The stronger and more enduring the stimulus is, the stronger and more enduring the natural response.

14) Results

Issues worked through tend to align the mind and present a backdrop of wisdom. As we work through our suffering, we work through our pain. We learn and realize yet another aspect of our relationships.

15) Nutriment

The conditioning our actions by nurturing them. Much like Karma, some attachments require feeding to express. Work on our attachments also requires work to realize them, and work through repeated conditioning.

16) Faculty

We all have the potential for development, for example, developing our senses, intelligence, faith, energy, mindfulness, contentedness, and wisdom. Doing what we need to do develops these, thus learning, and creating new habits. This represents our day-to-day growth and its potential to use pain for its intended purpose to grow, become more resilient, and relieve suffering.

17) Jhana

One can condition and train the mind. With the Eight Fold Path we can condition ourselves.

18) Path

Everyone creates a path. Our goal in our relationships is to guide each relationship to develop a clear vision of each potential.

19) Association

Association creates conditioning. All we choose, our thoughts, feelings, actions, and friends can build each potential.

20) Dissociation

Dissociation creates conditioning. All we chose to avoid can also build potential.

21) Presence

Presence creates conditioning. All that we allow to take up space in our life can build potential.

22) Absence

Absence creates conditioning. All that we do not allow to take up space in our life can create potential.

23) Disappearance

Disappearance creates conditioning. All that we move from and its space in our life can create potential.

24) Non-disappearance

Non-disappearance creates conditioning. All that we keep from disappearing takes up space in our life can build potential.

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2 replies
  1. Htet Myet Htoo
    Htet Myet Htoo says:

    What a great post!
    Can you please check number 22 which should be number 21 and add number 23?
    Thank you.


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