The Sanskrit word Upadana has the following meanings:
Upadana translated from Sanskrit means clinging or grasping and refers to the ninth link in the twelve-linked chain of Dependent Origination (Pratitya-samutpada).
Upadana and Trsna are seen as the two primary causes of suffering (Dukkha) in Samsara.
Upadana (Clinging) is dependent on Trsna (Craving) as a condition before it can exist.
- “With Craving as condition, Clinging arises”.
Upadana (Clinging) is also the prevailing condition for the next condition in the chain, Becoming (Bhavana).
- “With Clinging as condition, Becoming arises.”
Upadana means material basis or cause.