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Critical Writing Assignment on Interview with the Dalai Lama

Write a 1200-1500 word paper in which you critically analyze the perspective of the Dalai Lama

as found in Module 7 of the course from the vantage point of John Hick’s pluralistic hypothesis,

which is encountered in the same module. You need not agree with Hick’s position and you may

role play if you choose, but your paper must take up and defend a clear thesis and the paper

must include substantial engagement and specific references to both the Dalai Lama interview

and the article by Hick.

Before getting started, please be sure to review the requirements to be observed for this and all

other PHI 110RS Critical Writing Assignments. Your paper must:

Defend a thesis and should proceed according to the following format: Thesis, Argument,

Objection(s), Response(s), and Conclusion.

Include citations to the primary required class readings. These and any additional

sources must be properly cited using MLA format.

Fall within the following length requirements: 1200-1500 words.

Use a standard 10-12 pt. font and be double-spaced

Soteriological Inclusivism – Dalai Lama The Dalai Lama’s position can be referred to as the no hurry approach. According to the Buddhist doctrine of reincarnation, each one of us have lived a great number of lives and will continue to live a great number of lives until, eventually, we are released from the wheel of birth and rebirth and enter into Nirvana. Only Buddhists can ultimately achieve final Nirvana because only Buddhism is absolutely true. But good Christians, good Muslims all other faithful religious practitioners will nonetheless make progress along the path toward Nirvana in this present life as a result of the faithful practice of their respective religions. Likewise, Buddhists should not try to seek converts. It is far better for individuals to remain within whatever religion most suits their unique personality and tastes, even if it is, strictly speaking, a false religion. Converting mid ship is most likely to make overall progress much slower than if they have to start over at the bottom by switching into a religion that does not suit their needs. Religious Pluralism A third possible response to the problem of religious diversity is religious pluralism. This is the position argued by philosopher John Hick. Religious pluralism is the view that, more or less, all contemporary religions are roughly equal as various different responses to one and the same ultimate reality. Hick refers to this most fundamental and divine ultimate reality as “the Real.” Within Christianity, the Real is experienced as God the Trinity. Within Islam it is experienced as Allah. Within Hinduism the Real is interpreted as Brahman. And so on. According to Hick’s position, no one of these various responses to the Real is absolutely perfect; and accordingly, no one religion is absolutely true. But nearly all modern religions are paths toward the Real, and hence equally capable of salvation.

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Religion is a belief in a superhuman with supernatural powers whereby a particular
group of people believe in and worship. The superhuman is always referred to as God or
gods. According to Emile Durkheim, religion is a unity of order of beliefs and practices
which relate to sacred things. Those things are set apart and forbidden believers of that
religion. They are the standpoints and activities that unite them into one single group of
people or community called the church, which contains all members who obey and follow it.
There are several religions in the world which include Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism,
Jainism, and Islam and many more. With all those religions, it leaves one with a question of
which one is true and right to follow since all have a common belief in life after death and
that the deeds of people shall be reworded according to these religions. This paper seeks to
critically analyze the perspective of Dalai Lama regarding soteriological inclusivism as well
as religious pluralism.
According to Dalai Lama’s concept of soteriological inclusivism which in other
terms can be referred to as salvation, is a process which does not need to quicken. He uses the
no hurry approach. He uses Buddhist doctrine of reincarnation which states that everyone has
lived a significant number of lives in different forms of being and will remain in such state of
living different lives until he or she is ready enough to leave that process of birth to rebirth
and attain ...

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