We live in a place of shifting unstable conditions where we can never be truly at ease 4.The Buddha is known to have refused to answer a list of questions. Give four samples of such questions. What kinds of questions are they? Why does the Buddha refuse to answer them? (Foundations of Buddhism, pp.66-68) ii.Is it not eternal? iii.Is the world finite? iv.Or is it infinite? vi.Or are they separate entities? vii.After death does Tagagatha (i.e. a buddha or arhat) exist?
5.Explain the parable of the arrow. What is the parable and what does it suggest with regard to speculative metaphysical questions? ii. In response to one of his followers demanding answers to the 10 questions he responded with the parable of the arrow. He likened these questions to a man pierced by a poison arrow demanding to know the name and height of the man who shot him before he will remove the arrow. What he means is that the questions are futile; they will not get his answers and they will not save him. He can ask all the pointless questions he wants but he is still going to die. iii. iv. v. 6.What is the second noble truth? What are included under the second noble truth? (Foundations of Buddhism, pp.68-70) ii. Attachment, aversion and delusion iii. “Craving” or attachment is commonly considered to the origin of suffering or “the principle condition for the arising of suffering.” iv. 4 Kinds of Attachment 1. Attachment to the objects of sense desire 2. Attachment to views 3. Attachment to precepts and vows 4. Attachment to the doctrine of the self
v. ** Craving and aversion go hand in hand and are based on a fundamental misunderstanding of reality (unfulfilled craving becomes the condition for aversion) WHY CRAVING LEADS TO SUFFERING ----- We are ignorant : we fail to see things as they truly are. We want the world to be other than it is and we assume that when we obtain the object of our craving it will make us happy and the desire will be satisfied .
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