The First Nidana (featuring Lydia Salnikova)

by Ryan C Hunt

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The First Nidana is a poetic rendition of Shakyamuni Buddha’s teaching on the Paṭiccasamuppāda (Pali) or Pratītyasamutpāda (Sanskrit). In this teaching there are Twelve Nidanas or causal links describing the circular process of ego arising and its subsequent unsatisfactoriness, Dukkha. Ignorance is the first of these Nidanas.

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The First Nidana

The first nidana is called ignorance
Samsara gives false deliverance
Idappaccayata—this leads to that
Paticcasamuppada—begat

Aware, aware, aware, aware
Being aware is beyond compare

Now ignorance gives rise to compounding cause
Then consciousness rises without a pause
Next consciousness leads to bodymind
Sense faculties are then formed in kind

Aware, aware, aware, aware
Being aware is beyond compare

Sense faculties then cause connection
Leading down the path to sense perception
The next basic cause is craving
This then brings attachments mental raving

Aware, aware, aware, aware
Being aware is beyond compare

Attachment gives rise to gestation
Then comes birth and origination
Birth always leads to the same story
That compounding is illusory

Aware, aware, aware, aware
Being aware is beyond compare

Identity leads to our demise
Accept old age, sickness and death to be wise
This process is our innate condition
Dependent Origination

Aware, aware, aware, aware
Being aware is beyond compare

Awareness that is free of Dukkha's embrace
Will guide us on the path to nirvana's grace
Truth can never be found near or far
Yet in our heart is the light of that star

Aware, aware, aware, aware
Being aware is beyond compare

Aware, aware, aware, aware
Being aware is beyond compare

Aware, aware, aware, aware
Being aware is beyond compare

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released October 1, 2016
Concept and Lyrics Ryan Hunt
Featuring Lydia Salnikova

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