buddhist exam

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There are two parts of the exam, first part is define the terms in a few sentences. The second part is write two essay questions.

I. Here is the first part

1. Bodhidharma

2. Buddha-nature

3. Poetry contest between Shen-hsiu(Shen-xiu) and Hui-neng (what happened and what's the significance.

4. Direct(sudden) awakening

5."No-thought, no-form and no-attachment

6. Zazen

7."dropping off body and mind

8. Dogen's being-time

9. Bodhicitta

10. Koan

II. Here is the second part

Question 1. Please discuss the general features of Chan/Zen Buddhism and then compare and contrast Hui-neng and Dogen's teachings on each of the following subjects:

-Sitting meditation vs enlightenment

-Buddha-nature

-The practice of no-self

Question 2. Over the course of the semester, we have read a variety of classic Buddhist texts that address major themes in Buddhism, such as the problem of human suffering and its cause, the teachings of the Buddha, and the path to enlightenment. Please select two primary texts and compare and contrast them-illustrating with examples what major issues/problems the two texts address and what kind of arguments, literary forms and modes of persuasion the authors have used in articulating their ideas.

Here is the requirements for the essay

Be prepared to write an organized and clear essay which totally at least 4 paragraphs that includes An introductory paragraph, in which you state the main premise of your argument (your high-level answer to the question). At least two"body"paragraphs, in which you explain your main ideas as fully as possible. These paragraphs must also present evidence that supports your ideas and assumptions(e.g, examples from the readings, comments from other texts), and you need to explain clearly how or why that particular evidence supports the main points of your argument. A concluding paragraph that summarizes your main points and makes clear their significance.

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Bodhidharma was an influential Buddhist monk believed to have lived sometimes back in the
5th and 6th century. Believed to have been a third son of a great Indian king, he is credited
with the spread of Chan Buddhism across China, and many historians describe him as the
first Chinese patriarch known to history.
Buddha-nature is a term used to describe what is essential to a human being. In it, it includes
the cause that fits the life of the human person and the nature of man in regards to what they
will do to achieve that cause. Another understanding of Buddha-nature is the grounding that
forms the foundation of the Buddha, and everything encompassed including his essence as a
person.
Poetry contest between Shen-hsiu (Shen-xiu) and Hui-neng led Hui-neng to conclude Shenhsiu had not yet attained enlightenment. The student of Hui-neng Shen-hsiu wrote the poem
in response to the master’s request to compose some writing to prove their understanding of
the essence of life. According to him, the poem written by the student despite rousing
attention from creative critics did not capture the essence of life according to the Hui-neng.
Direct (sudden) awakening is the increased awareness and consciousness in a persons,
surrounding, and self-identity. The meaning, and the purpose of life of such a person will
change, and will be involved in establishing a more positive existence, and influence here on
earth. It gives a person a sense of belonging in their new world, and increases the eagerness
to experience the environment.
No-thought, no-form and no-attachment refers to some form of detachment, where an
individual is able to overcome the affection or desire of things, people, concepts or any other
ideology that might hold them back, or inhibit their ability to think freely. The purpose of this

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is to help an individual achieve a heightened sense, and perspective about themselves, and
their environment.
Zazen has many definitions depending on the region or location of those practicing it, but in
all cases, it involves the effort by human beings to gain some insight, to understand their
existence. One can do this while sitting or in the Zazen posture with legs and hands folded,
with a settled but erect spine.
Dropping off body and mind is a reference by Zen monk Dogen describing the effect, and the
expected experience when one is pra...

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