Perhaps you have seen the Wheel of Life image in front of many Tibetan temples and tried to make sense of it. ; The third layer represents the six realms of samsara. That is the meaning of the emptiness of the twelve links. Moving clockwise, a potter molding a pot symbolizes that we shape our own destiny with our actions through the workings of karma. The most outer ring illustrates the twelve links of dependent arising that describes the process by which our karma and afflictive emotions propel us into taking rebirth in cyclic existence. (11,12). The bhavachakra consists of the following elements: . ; The fierce figure holding the wheel represents impermanence. Now, the third noble truth [the ces­sation of suffering] is not a value judgment in itself; it is simply a portrayal of the way in which it is possible to step off a sense of being bound to this wheel of saṃsāra or to the links of dependent origination. So therefore in one of the twelve links, we see the presence of the other eleven links. ; The fourth layer represents the twelve links of dependent origination. Tibetan Buddhism Wheel Of Life 07 00 12 Links Of Dependent Arising [16 of 28] The outer circle represents the 12 links of dependent origination, the step by step stages of cause and effect which conditions and shapes the individual consciousness. The following twelve links of dependent origination are the Buddha’s explanation of the process by which beings live, die, and are reborn again: 1. According to Shulman, "the 12 links are paticcasamuppada"; in the suttas, dependent origination refers to nothing else but the process of mental conditioning as described by the twelve nidanas. The outer ring represents the 12 links of dependent origination, as follows: Just to the right of the top is a blind man with a cane, representing ignorance of the true nature of the world. Re: Personal experience/comfimation of 12 links of dependent origination Post by confusedlayman » Tue Dec 31, 2019 2:38 pm anthbrown84 wrote: ↑ Mon Dec 30, 2019 1:43 pm Bhante Vimalaramsi teaches a form of Jhana in which you can observe these links yourself. The pig, rooster and snake in the hub of the wheel represent the three poisons of ignorance, attachment and aversion. ; The second layer represents karma. Re: Personal experience/comfimation of 12 links of dependent origination Post by SarathW » Sun Dec 29, 2019 2:03 am Only a Buddha will understand the full working of DO. Ignorance: This is the sower of the seed—being ignorant of the Law of Cause and Effect and being ignorant of the mode of existence of things.