to one question from Group I and one question from Group II, then
respond to one more question from either group (your choice), for a
total of three questions answered. Each response should be 300 words,
for a total of 900.
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the Buddhist conception of the “Middle Way.” How did Siddhartha
come up with this idea? Do you agree with this mode of religious
practice? Why or why not?
the concept of dukkha and its role in Buddhist teaching.
and contrast some of the basic ideas of Theravada and Mahayana
are some of the typical devotional practices of lay Buddhism? Why do
some Buddhist practitioners reject or avoid such practices?
the steps on the Noble Eightfold Path and note briefly what each
step involves. Do you think these steps can really lead to
enlightenment or at least living a morally good life? Explain and
defend your answer.
how Daoism, Confucianism, and even Buddhism may be blended in
Chinese religious practice. Use specific examples from the text to
illustrate your claims.
and contrast the significance of relationships—of humans with
other humans, and of humans with nature—in Daoist and Confucian
of the general characteristics of an indigenous religion described
in Chapter 2 of Living Religions are evident in Shinto? What
specific forms do they take?
is the Shinto belief in tsumi similar to, and different from, the
understandings of karma presented in Hinduism and Jainism?
aspects of Zoroastrian belief and practice seem similar to Hinduism?
Give specific examples.
any Zoroastrian beliefs seem familiar to you in the context of your
knowledge of Judaism and Christianity? If so, which ones?