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final exam essays 5.9.07 2 - RN103 May 9, 2007 Final Exam...

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RN103 May 9, 2007 Final Exam Essay Questions 1. What are some of the most important characteristics of Early Buddhism? How does it differ from Mahayana Buddhism? You might want to consider such factors as cosmology, goals, sutras, and philosophy/doctrine. - Early Buddhism o 4 Noble Truths, 8 Fold Path o enlightenment individualized o 1 Buddha o anatman (non-self) o focuses on wisdom and self-understanding - Mahayana o Bodhisattvas helping everyone to achieve complete Buddhahood o enlightenment everyone o upaya (expedient means) o anyone, including the lay people, can reach Buddhahood o many sutras, including the Lotus Sutra o focuses on compassion 2. Confucius said “it is not the way that makes the man great, but man who makes the way great.” What did he mean by this? How does this idea shape his teachings? - the way does not exist without the man - Li (propriety), Yi (righteousness), and Ren (humaneness, benevolence) - the Dao (the path) is reliant on man to be great, in order to influence others to be
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