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Buddhism The problem of SUFFERING and what to do about it
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Siddhartha Gautama ca. 563 BCE - 483 BCE SHAKYAMUNI (“Sage of the Shakyas”)
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All people can achieve enlightenment, regardless of caste or gender BUDDHANATURE
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Buddha = Awakened or Enlightened one Enlightenment cannot be realized through knowledge or intellect. Nor is it living in an otherworldly state (“paradise”) or in the presence of a superhuman power.
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Enlightenment = awakening to reality as it really is PROBLEM : ego-centered desire or TANHA DHARMA : set of teachings for freeing ourselves from ego-centered desire
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Four Noble Truths 1)Suffering exists (life entails suffering) 2) Suffering has a cause (ego-clinging desire creates suffering); > Anatman : there is no unique, individual soul
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Four Noble Truths 3) There is a means to end suffering and to awaken (suffering is optional) 4) That means is the Eight-fold Path
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Eight-fold Path 1) Right Understanding 2) Right Resolve 3) Right Speech 4) Right Conduct 5) Right Livelihood 6) Right Effort 7) Right Mindfulness 8) Right Meditation
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This note was uploaded on 10/23/2011 for the course REL R133 taught by Professor Hines during the Spring '10 term at IUPUI.

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