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1. Wednesday, September 15, 2010

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RLG206Y1 - Wednesday, September 15, 2010 Buddhism/ Buddha: comes from sanskrit word called budh which means, to awaken or the awakened one Proper name: Gautama Other Titles: 1. Sakyamuni - sage of Sakya-s clan 2. Siddartha 3. The Buddha Robert Spence Hardy gave an early account of Buddhism - A Manual of Buddhism - gives to missionaries to read to understand the people in Sri Lanka in order to assist their conversion to Christianity - very negative account of Buddhism T.W. Rhys Davids wrote a huge variety of books on Buddhism - focused on translating Buddhist text Sanskrit and Pali - Indo-European language family
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Unformatted text preview: - one of the largest language families in the world (most languages in Europe) The Pali Canon Three Baskets: (pitaka) -Vinaya pitaka - rules for monastic community - rules preceded by stories about their origins -Sutta pitaka (discourses) - between the Buddha and a disciple -Abhidhamma - systematic philosophical expositions on mind, cognition, cosmos, liberation, karma, etc Three characteristics of existence: 1. Transitoriness (anitya) of all phenomena 2. suffering (duhkha): a pervasive experience 3. insubstantiality (anatman): there is no permanent soul/substance, no universals...
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