Background and Dimensions of Buddhism
First, briefly summarize the historical, geographical, cultural, and philosophical foundations of Buddhism.
Second, identify an important religious doctrine, or mythology, or ritual, or symbol and then explain how it fits into this religion.
Third, speculate about how your choice expresses the uniqueness of this religion.
Understanding Beliefs Not Our Own
The purpose of this discussion is for you to develop an appreciation and understanding the diversity of religious traditions by practicing effective communication skills in a cooperative and collaborative way with people who have different religious beliefs than our own. To do this, you will imagine, through role playing, that you have beliefs that are not our own.
First, imagine that you are in a conversation with a practitioner of Buddhism and ask that person a question about his or her religious beliefs.
Second, answer the question you posed as you would imagine a practitioner of this religion would answer the question.
Third, collaborate with your classmates to understand the perspective of the person who is answering the question by providing supplemental responses to the answers provided.
Remember, your goal is to facilitate effective communication between people with different beliefs and so you are engaging in role playing. Any ideas that you get from your reading of the textbook should be referenced with a page number.
Examining Buddhist Sacred Texts
Argue for or against the following statement using at least two examples: “Buddhist scriptures are free from patriarchal interpretations.” Connect your points directly to the assigned scriptural readings.
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