India - INDIA I. Introduction Ancient-among the oldest...

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I. Introduction Ancient—among the oldest civilizations.
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II. Indian Religions Hinduism Bhagavad-Gita No prophet or founder No set doctrine
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Fundamental Beliefs of Hinduism Essence is non-material Material is an illusion and cause of  suffering Karma—Law of Deeds Reincarnation—to work one’s way  toward absorbtion Caste System
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II. Indian Religions Hinduism (cont’d) Hindu Trinity Hindu Tolerance
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Hindu Trinity Brahma—Creator Shiva—Destroyer Vishnu—Preserver
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II. Indian Religions Buddhism Ascetics and Reformers Gautama Buddha (d. 483 B.C.) “Be ye lamps unto yourselves. Be a refuge to  yourselves.  Hold fast to the truth as to a lamp.   Look not for refuge to anyone beside  yourselves.”  (Gautama/ Siddharta)
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Buddhist Teachings (4 truths) The truth of pain—pain and suffering is  universal The truth of the cause of pain—desire The truth of the cessation of pain—to cease 
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