RLS 131 - JOURNAL #3

RLS 131 - JOURNAL #3 - Elisa Giordano Due December 8 2006...

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Elisa Giordano Due: December 8, 2006 JOURNAL #3 Essence of the Heart Sutra I: BUDDHISM IN CONTEXT CHAPTER 1 Here is where we first meet the Dalai Lama. We see the following: -He never really got a childhood -He considers himself a “lazy” person -He accepts reality. He knows that no one is perfect. He knows that everyone makes mistakes. This shows us that he has a very open mind. -When it comes to spirituality he tells us to always strive for more, because we can always go one step further than where we are at right now. (He knows that not everyone has the same religion and he doesn’t preach that his religion is the only right one) - He says that everyone is the same. We have the same emotions, experience similar thoughts, and have similar perceptions (the five senses and more). He also says that everyone is different. We have different experiences and different beliefs. But in those differences, “The essential thing is that we are all the same in being human…” (Page 4). - He sees the good and bad in everything, such as material positions and even intelligence. CHAPTER 2 -The main idea the Dalai Lama is expressing is that in reality there is no one religion to follow; that all religions bring something different to the table -One thing I found was that “…one of the most important truths about spiritual teachings: spiritual teachings must be appropriate to the individual being taught.” This is very similar to what Confucius was doing. Confucius gave many different answers to his students because the answers he gave applied to those students, and those students alone. “…if it is not suitable to the individual hearing it, it has no value” -The Dalai Lama also explains to keep your concrete religion but be able to learn from other religions. Do not limit yourself and cause your mind to be closed to possibilities.
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CHAPTER 3 -The Dalai Lama describes Buddhism as: nontheistic, do not affirm an eternal soul, do believe in rebirth and the possibility of liberation. -He goes on to give a brief history of the Buddha and makes the main point of the hardship that he endured. The Dalai Lama expresses that it is necessary, in all religions, to endure some kind of personal hardship. -The Dalai Lama then goes on to explain the Wheel of Dharma, which includes a framework of four noble truths. There are then thirty seven aspects of which include: foundations of mindfulness, correct endeavors, supernatural feats, faculties, powers, the eightfold noble path, and the branches of enlightenment. -There are also twelve “links of dependent origination” which include: ignorance, volitional action, consciousness, name and form, sense sources, contact, feelings, attachment, grasping, becoming, birth, and again and death. -He then talks about afflictions which include emotional and mental afflictions.
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RLS 131 - JOURNAL #3 - Elisa Giordano Due December 8 2006...

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