Updated January 7, 2015
UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY
FACULTY OF ARTS
DEPARTMENT OF CLASSICS AND RELIGION
COURSE OUTLINE WINTER 2015
RELS 203 L02: Asian Religions
Craig W. C. Ginn, PhD
RELS 203 Module 2 Study Questions
1. How do Rodrigues and Robinson describe the historical background of Hinduism,
especially the synthesis between the Aryan and Dravidian populations?
2. What are the symbols of Hinduism?
3. What is the caste system? What
RELS 203 Module 5 Study Questions
1. Who is the founder of Sikhism?
2. What is a guru in the Sikh tradition?
3. Why do some scholars hold the view that Sikhism is a fusion of Islam and Hinduism?
4. Who is Kabir? What is the sant tradition?
5. What is the
RELS 203 Module 4 Study Questions
1. Who is Confucius?
2. What is the Analects?
3. What are the main teachings of Confucius?
4. What is Neo-Confucianism?
5. Who are the main teachers of Confucian thought and philosophy?
6. What are the Five R
8 fold path
1) Right View-Just knowledge of the 4 noble truths
2) Right Thought- Non ill will, harlessness and renunciation. Do not want to harm others. (1+2=Wisdom)
3) Right Speech- Avoiding lying, no gossip,slander,frivilous speech (speech that c
Lec 21 The Buddha's Critque
A bloodless sacrafice (Critique of Vedic Sacrafice)
Bramana that plans to perform a great sacrafice. Buddha comes through the town. The Bramana goes to the Buddha for instruction on how to perform hs sacrafice. The Buddha tells
Digambas and Svetambara's (two groups of jains)
A monk (Bharabanu) predicted that there would be a famine. Led a group of 1200 monks
1) Realxed requirement of nudity (monks started to wear clothing)
2) Constructed a canon of authoritati
600-500 BCE Gautama Buddha
In some traditions, there are other buddhas as well
Buddha comes from Sakya clan
Buddha (awakened one)
Prophecy that Buddha would become a great king or religious leader. Father attempts to steer his son towards kingship
Bodhisattva in early Buddism vs Mahayana
Compassion emphasized in mahayana
The person who achieves enlightenment is referred to as an arhat
In early texts it is assumed that the Buddha achieved becoming an arhat, would die, and not be reborn
Implications of non self
I should not be concerned about the suffering of others (a premise). B/c they are not me, and I cannot experience their suffering directly.
If this is true, I should not be concerned about my own future suffering. For the s
Non self doctrine
Buddha argues against the notion of a self. Buddha claims that when we take an inventory of ourselves, we may be refering to 5 things (5 skandas)
1) Physical body
2) Feelings (pleasure, pain neutality)
3) Perception Grasping of pa
The Four Noble Truths
1) All of this is dukkha (physical and mental pain) (life is full of suffering).Suffering is more plentiful than pain (considering everyone in the world or from different time periods). Nothing that we can exp