Intro Religions Day 22 Gender Hind Budd

Intro Religions Day 22 Gender Hind Budd - perceptions of...

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Hinduism and Buddhism
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Manusmriti (Laws of Manu) Background Smrti “that which is remembered” 200 BCE-200 CE Manu – a sage Created by the gods thousands of years ago Survived a great flood in an ark that he built All currently living people are descendents of Manu
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Manu-smriti Structure: 12 chapters Majority (10 chapters) describes dharma of the four social castes Varna shrama dharma Dharma - duty Ashrama- stage in life Varna - class or caste Brahmin Ksatriya Vaishya Shudra Any major category of people missing?
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Role of women in Manu-smriti 3.55-67… How do these versus portray women? Positive/negative; maintenance of order; parts of a whole (actions/inaction affect order of universe)
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Role of women in Manusmriti 5.147-168… How do these versus portray women? P/S: List 4 descriptions of women What do you find persuasive about this portrayal of women? What do you find less than persuasive? Do such portrayals affect modern
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Unformatted text preview: perceptions of gender? Modern practices Buddhism 4 Noble Truths 8-Fold Path Life is suffering Suffering originates in our desires Suffering will cease if all desire ceases The way to cease desire is through the 8-Fold Path Right understanding Right thought or motive Right speech Right action Right livelihood Right effort Right mindfulness Right meditation On the differences b/w men and women Who are the characters? House of Vimalakirti, Shariputra, great hearers = non-bodhisattva monks, bodhisattvas, young goddess What happens with the flowers? Why is this significant? NBs have made meaning of flowers Shariputra asks: Goddess. .. Why does he ask this? He has given meaning to maleness, what is it? Goddess changes Shariputra to a female. Why? What does this reading convey about gender?...
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