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3 rd essay: The source of moral truth in Buddhism is found in the four noble truths and the eightfold path, which state how one should behave in all situations. In addition to this guideline, a Buddhist realizes that one cannot do harm to others without doing harm to themselves, based on the concept of interdependence. Very important to follow the community because in the community one learns the basic insights and intentions that lead to nirvana, compassionate and truthful life that prepares one for liberation and meditation practices which actually bring about liberating insights of enlightenment. The truths can be applied to the following situation. Pretend there is a bag of unidentified money. If a Buddhist monk came across the money, what would he do? He surely could not take the money for himself and spend it, for he does not need money, as desire is the cause of suffering. Would the monk try to find the owner? Under right action of the eightfold path, the monk would be obligated to return this to the owner. Doing otherwise would be like stealing from someone close to you, since Buddhists embrace idea of interdependence, which is the concept that we are all connected to each other somehow. For example, my dog could have been my brother from a long time ago. A foreseeable problem with returning the money is that giving the money back to the owner is like giving money back to yourself, which goes against kenosis (letting everything go). Christians follow the bible – in addition to following the old Testament, they also follow the New Testament which provides four stories of Jesus, including the sermon on the mount and the ten commandments. It describes the way a person should act to ultimately join God in Heaven. One must give all they have and give effort into everything they do. When they’re done giving, they give more, as their goal is to be perfect like God. The Ten Commandments are similar to the eightfold path in that they list the way one should behave to be a good Christian. Let’s assume the “bag of money” situation occurs for a Christian person. The Christian, like the Buddhist, would not take the money.
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This note was uploaded on 04/09/2008 for the course REL 140g taught by Professor Rudisill during the Spring '07 term at USC.

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