The Key to Stop the Wheel of Life
The primary cause of samsara is ignorance. So if we’d like to break free from samsara, the practice need be nothing more than an antidote for ignorance.
Among the twelve links, ignorance is the key. Ignorance means self and self-attachment. Actually “I” and “what I have” do not exist but ordinary beings regard them as real. If we can eradicate such ignorance, we will stop experiencing suffering in samsara, just like Arhats.
As I just mentioned, the practice of ordained and lay practitioners should be nothing more than the antidote of ignorance. If ignorance is eliminated, the wheel of life will stop. Otherwise, no matter how many worldly merits we accumulate we still have to be reincarnated in samsara.