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Theravada Buddhism

by: Danielle Gibson

Theravada Buddhism Relg 102 H01

Danielle Gibson
GPA 3.8
Introduction world religions
Dr. Snow

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Notes on Theravada Buddhism: Practices, beliefs, and origin. Very detailed and broken down.
Introduction world religions
Dr. Snow
Class Notes
Theravada Buddhism, Buddhism, religion, World Religion
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Date Created: 12/04/15
Danielle Gibson Relg Intro to World Religions Dr Alex Snow Notes 92115 Theravacta Buddhism Notes gt Indra s Net Non religious story in India 0 O gt Ethics 0 O O Indra was one of the millions of male gods God of fire Agni god of water Story is taken up as a conversation between a husband and a wife The husband is a king Hindu and he learns about this new philosophy running around his kingdom the Buddhist teachings He enjoys it and thinks it s very useful Upaya so he decides he s going to teach it to his wife first That s going to be his first student so hopefully he and his wife can have better relations He begins to teach her the process of Pratitya Samutpada After a couple hours of this his wife was sick of it it didn t make sense to her and she told him to shut up He takes a deep breath and tells her to leave He sends her away for a couple of weeks While she s gone the kingBuddhist philosopher undergoes the process of covering every square inch of his castle with mirrors so that everything was re ecting everything else in an infinite variety of interre ection When she comes home the husband greets her and shows her the changes She is dumbfounded she is psychologically mentally and emotionally made not to feel at ease The wife finally comes out and in a moment of amazement she says I get it Everything is interconnected I The analogy of Indra s Net has the literal connotation of a net You throw a fishing net and all the lines of a net meet Wherever two lines intersect it s called a node I Anywhere two things touch should be thought of as a node So literally it should destroy your sense of selfish because everything connects I Metaphor of Indra s Net leads to a concept of ethics Metla lovecompassion If everything in the world is interdependent and interconnected who or what are we going to love How is love even going to be described In a Universe that is interdependent and interconnected can t be found responsible for your actions Western legal system only works based on a dependent world view Murder rape theft classic western ethical situations are false they re Maya illusion Love compassion and help doesn t exist in the way western world view defines it In an interdependent world view it s redefined I If everything in the universe is interdependent and interconnected emotions lovecompassion has to be experienced by everyone at once There is no I and there is no you I Entropy I need to love you not because you re an individual that deserves love I need to love and feel compassion for you because you re falling apart who and what you are is a manifestation of fragility You are fragile precious and temporary Love someone because they are interconnected to you and they re falling apart every second of their life 0 Entropy Physics chaos disorganization energy running down gt Vipassana Meditation O A form of Theravacta Buddhism 0 Attempting to practice the Buddha s last teaching with application to body and mind 0 The notion of loving and finding care for the other Metla based on entropy will work its way into the most famous form of practice You become a compassionate phenomenon who is constantly changing than you need to practice Vipassana and understand the 3 marks the 5 skandhas and the 4 foundations I 3 marks Buddhism in a Nutshell three things we need to remember 0 Dukkha suffering I Anicca constant change 0 Anatman no thing ness I 5 Skandhas Answers the question of why we have the 3 marks the things that cause us suffering I 1 Materiality mistaken belief that materiality is true 0 Physical Relationship to materiality O 2 Sensations Seehearsmelltaste material things 0 3 Perception See things perceive things 0 Mental Relationship to Materiality 0 4 Mood how we relate to things around us 0 5 Thoughts Get attached to them amp get in way of Nirvana 0 If the 5 skandhas are correct then what Theravacta Buddhists are going to ask us to do is to practice the 4 foundations I 4 Foundations Sustained Awareness I CONSTANTLY things you have sustained awareness of 0 Physical Sustained Awareness of 0 Body 0 Sensations of body 0 Mental Sustained Awareness of 0 Mind 0 Perceptions of Mind 0 The goal is Nirvana If you are maintaining a sustained awareness of body and sensations of body then you come to the intellectual understanding of what it is gt Sunyata emptiness IFF then all things are interconnected then all things are empty of dependent existence I 0 What makes a trash can a trash can what makes it function is not the materiality of it it isn t the bottom and it isn t the side It s the emptiness inside that allows it to function as a trash can O In Japan emptiness is mu gt If Pratitya Samutpada everything is interdependent an interconnected then so is all acts If all acts are connected how could one act lead to Nirvana and another not I Big Question I Some Answers When walking just walk When breathing just breathe etc Do this carefully and constantly any and all acts lead to Nirvana if understood properly Just do it with no expectations or motives or goals gt Forms of Theravacta Buddhism 0 Vipassana O Mahayana Zen 0 Vajrayana Tibet what the Dali Lama practices


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