1. How would you define ahimsa--in terms of its (a) literal meaning; (b) prescriptive behavior--what we should do; and (c) proscriptive behavior--what we should not do. Find examples from the article. 2.
Laity--or lay persons--are the common "everyone else" folks, whereas
clergy or clerics are the ordained religious orders such as monks,
priests, monks, nuns. Discuss the issue of "intentionality" for lay
Jains. (See page 3 of the article.) 3. Buddhism as well as Jainism in
particular stress compassion, which seems to be the spirit of or at the
heart of the teaching of ahimsa. How might we "cultivate" and practice
compassion in our daily lives? 4. How does religion or religious teaching factor into ecology, and environmentalism? 5.
From an overall reading of this piece, how might ahimsa be applied in
the matter of self-defense and in responding to domestic violence?