Buddhism Week 5
Buddhism Week 5 THEO-368
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Marjolijn on Monday February 15, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to THEO-368 at Xavier University taught by Karen Enriquez in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 14 views. For similar materials see Buddhism in Religious Studies at Xavier University.
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Date Created: 02/15/16
Buddhism week 5 Ethical decision making is not easy. Butchers for example need different ways. Buddhist meditation: Additional percepts for monks/nuns - no meals after noon - no singing / dancing - no perfume - no luxury bedding - no gold / silver / money Percepts cultivate restrains and self-discipline - not to kill - not to steal - vs. sexual misconduct - vs. intoxicants - not to lie Virtues cultivate correct dispositions and habits - reverence for life - generosity - sexual responsibility - mindful consumption - loving speech & deep listening (right speech & right action) The training that tells us not just to refrain from taking what is not ours… It also exhorts us to live in a way that brings about justice and well-being in society. 5 virtues cultivation —> who do we want to be Right speech: - power of words - Deep listening - rooted in silence Cosmetic listening Conversational listening Active listening Deep listening - from place of receptivity —————————————————————————————————————————— What Meditation is not: - It is not an escape from the daily activities of life.. or being abdsorbed in some kind of mystic or mysterious thought or trance - The ways of ‘Meditation’ are not cut off from life, nor do they avoid life… connected with our life, our daily activities, our sorrows and joys … - Dangers - Clinging to the temporary pleasant effects, the:state of rapture … which is beautiful, delightful, meaningfull and perversion Two kinds of meditation: Samatha - focus on one thing, not distracted, concentration. - not a wondering mind - Tranquility or “calm abiding” meditation - Development of right concentration, of one pointedness of mind - Most common: - Breath (anapana) - Lovingkindness (metta) - Metta Bhavana Vipassana - awareness - Face what is going on - observation/analysis - or vidarsana: “‘insight’ into the nature of things, leading to the complete liberation of the mind” - Use concentration as a tool by which awareness can chip away at the wall of illusion that cuts you off from the living light of reality - You’ll ﬁnd yourself observing things objectively, exactly as they are - ﬂowing and changing from moment to moment. Meditation on te Breath: - Excerice of breathing is meant to develop concentration (rahula) - Breathing is a living process, an aspect of life that is in constant change - A true experiential understanding of the process mocha you closer to other living beings. It shows you your inherent connectedness with all of life.
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