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9A outline - Introducing Buddhism Suggested reading: Rupert...

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Introducing Buddhism Suggested reading: Rupert Gethin, The Foundations of Buddhism (Oxford, 1998) I. Basic chronology Traditional/modern dates for Siddhartha Gautama: 566-486 B.C.E. Some modern scholarship suggests a death date of closer to 400 B.C.E. Between 280 and 267 B.C.E.: date of accession of Asoka, great Mauryan king, major early sponsor of Buddhism 65 C.E.: first clear record of Buddhist activity on Chinese soil 4 th -5 th centuries C.E.: Buddhism becomes firmly and institutionally established in China II. Myth of the life of Gautama Buddha (recall: “myth” = a collectively circulated story that explains important things; or, ideology in narrative form) 1
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[38 slides] III. The ideology expressed in this myth 1. the excursions: the discovered, surprising (at least to some!) reality of decay and impermanence is the problem that motivates the religious quest for a solution 2. the great renunciation: ordinary life presents obstacles to practice; Buddhism will become a monastic religion (or rather, a religion with an
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