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Unformatted text preview: 1.What role did the "four sights" of Siddrtha Gautama play in his renunciation, eventual awakening (bodhi), and formulation of his Dharma? Seeing the sick man, old suffering man, monk and corpse helped Siddrtha Gautama overcome his vanity of youth health and life. Seeing the monk in particular helped him realize calmness and detachment from the world suggest to him a path for overcoming suffering. He gives up all his possession and fasts to free himself from suffering. It is only after he gives up fasting and sits under a fig tree to meditate that he is able to reach nirvana. While meditating the Buddha sees his past lives and grasps the working law of karma. With his new insight he rediscovered how to be free of suffering through the four noble truths. 2. Who is Vessantara and why does this Jtaka story of a previous birth of the Buddha serve as an important 2....
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This note was uploaded on 04/19/2008 for the course REL 2317 taught by Professor Neeli during the Spring '08 term at University of Florida.
- Spring '08