period of Epic History
Bronze Age (3,000-1,200 BC)
- creation story
- Adam and Eve
used to answer universal questions
Matriarchs and Patriarchs
- Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph
The Four Noble Truths Notes:
1. The Noble Truth of the reality of Dukkha as part of conditioned existence. Dukkha is a multifaceted word. Its literal meaning is "that which is difficult to bear". It can mean suffering, stress, pain,
anguish, affliction or
Huston Smith's Definition of Religion
A human tropism toward the more, the many, and the mystery.
The 2 Types of Religion
Primal: original or basic. Example: Native American Tribes.
Historical: originated after invention of writing.
you can never have enough
you can't take it beyond the grave
not enough to satisfy
achieving what you want
wealth, fame, power
not good enough
can't take this beyond the grave
duty/ service/ community
Path of Desire
1) Pleasure: You want to satisfy every urge, but you soon find that you can never have
enough of something.
2) Success: You want the best out of your careers and relationships. You want fame,
fortune and power. But you find that you cannot
The Vajrayana Canon
Consists of the other canons as well as additional sutras and secret documents written in
The Four Passing Sights
Old Age, Disease, Death and Renunciation (giving up the worldly things, he saw a monk
riding down the road).
five religious personalities
above all else
There is nothing more real, greater, or more important. The Absolute, all refer to "the God".
participants but no leaders
-wrote more scriptures
lay people lost people
how to sacrifice
written by brahmins
only to be read by brahmins
Books that tell how t
huston smith- religion
A human tropsim toward the one, the more, the mystery.
the unifying factor in everything
something more special or real
two basic kinds of religion
extremely old religions that belon
The Eight Fold Path Notes:
1. * Samma-Ditthi Complete or Perfect Vision, also translated as right view or
understanding. Vision of the nature of reality and the path of transformation.
2. Samma-Sankappa Perfected Emotion or Aspiration, also translated as