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Religion 131 Week 9

by: Brittany Wright

Religion 131 Week 9 REL 131

Brittany Wright
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The teachings of the Buddha; 4 Nobel Truths, 8 Fold Path, 5 Moral Precepts
Comparative Religion
Amy Slagle
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Date Created: 10/16/16
Buddhism Part 2 The Four Nobel Truths: 1. If we live, we suffer.   Dukkha­ suffering  We are often in a state of unease/dissatisfaction because we do not get what we want or we lose  what we want. 2. Suffering arises from attachment or desire for things that are impermanent   Tanha­ thirst  Anatman (anatta)­ no self/ no soul; most subtle form of ignorance; acceptance of the permanence of self; everything is impermanent including the self  The Five Aggregates:  1. Physical matter 2. Sensations 3. Perceptions  4. Consciousness 5. Volition (acts of will)  Desire, attachments, craving (tanha) is what holds the aggregates together. Desire is what is  reborn during reincarnation. If the desire in a person is not extinguished during one’s life, that  desire remains and moves to a new life.  Tanha= dukkha  Sukkha­ happiness 3. Nirodha­ cease attachment= cease suffering  Nirvana/parinirvana­ “to blow out” (desire, ignorance, life itself) to escape the wheel of samsara  Avoid extremes  Give up desire to stop suffering 4. Follow the Eight Fold Path  Marga­ middle way; avoid extremes of indulgence and mortification The Eight Fold Path: Wisdom:  1. Right Understanding: I recognize the impermanence of life, the mechanisms of desire, and  the cause of suffering. 2. Right Intention: My though and motives are pure, not tainted by emotions and self desires. Ethical Behavior 3. Right Speech: I speak honestly and kindly, in positive ways, avoid lies, exaggeration, harsh  words. 4. Right Action: My actions do not hurt any other being that can feel hurt, including animals; I  avoid stealing and sexual conduct that bring hurt; 5 Moral Precepts 5. Right Work: My livelihood does no harm. Mental Disposition: 6. Right Effort: with moderation, I consistently strive to improve. 7. Right Meditation: I use the disciplines of meditation to focus awareness to contemplate the  nature of reality more deeply. 8. Right Contemplation: I cultivate states of inner stillness and peace (samadhi) The Five Moral Precepts: these loosely followed; you can do them if it is for the greater good 1. No killing 2. No stealing 3. No lying 4. No abuse of sex 5. No use of intoxicants


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