AN 349 - 19 - Religion Cont • Last class addressed the...

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Unformatted text preview: 12/7/2010 Religion Cont. • Last class, addressed the big box (overall religious culture, not specific) • Also addressed Daoism slightly • Today we look at Buddhism • Buddhism o Starts in India – a reaction against Hinduism o Karma – our decisions decide what creature we re-incarnate into o One key doctrine: There is no self o There is no “reality”, everything is false Idiots spend whole lives grasping tangible goods “food, love” What is real is misery o If you can remove yourself from the “self” you can end the cycle of reincarnation Reach “Nirvana” – state of Buddha o Give up attachments to material wealth o Bodhisattva – “Pusa” Someone who really understands the true understanding of Buddhism Can reach nirvana at any moment But chooses to maintain worldly attachments in order to help the other beings also achieve enlightenment Most important ones (ex: Guanyin) are female • Doaist is more “antisocial” – independent...
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This note was uploaded on 01/30/2012 for the course ANTHROPOLO AN 349 taught by Professor Weller during the Fall '10 term at BU.

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