Midterm Examination: Guide
First section: identifications.
I will pick 5 terms from the following list (you don't get to choose, so you should prep
answers for all of them). You should provide a 5-6 sentence answer for each ID. Define
the term (who, what,
three watches awakening under bodhi tree; 1. Sees his past lives 2. Sees past lives of
others 3. Samsara, exhausts karma, no more selfish cause and effect
stupa/cetiya mounds where monks contain their relics, where monks meditate
vipassana insight, wisdom
*Fifth Paper: Question for paper due on 3/3: How does a Theravada Monk
in Southeast Asia balance his obligations to and dependence on the laity with
the practice of sila (precepts), samadhi (concentration) and realization of
The sangha in
Eighth Paper Due: Question for paper due 4/7: From the reading, how do
Buddhist ethics accommodate the particular suffering and struggle of women?
Is Buddhism a particularly "male" religion?
The dominant image of women is that of mother, particularly moth
Seventh Paper Due: Question for paper due on 3/31: What Buddhist teachings either
justify or condemn war? Cite examples from this week's and previous week's reading.
Enmities never cease by enmity in this world; only by non-enmity do they cease.
A skilful action is described as punn
Reading Notes Week 3
Question for paper due 2/3: How do the four noble truths lead to the
negation of the existence of a soul?
Four Holy Truths: more advanced teachings of the Buddha, intended for those who have
prepared themselves by previous moral and s
Second Paper: Question for the paper due on 1/27: From the reading, especially Ratanapanna,
Yiengpruksawan and Kapstein, How would you compare Buddhists treatment of the Buddha to
Christians and/or Muslims treatment of God or Allah? F
Reading Notes Week 4
*Fourth Paper: Question for paper due 2/10: How does Thich Nhat Hanh's story of
the rape of the Vietnamese girl by Thai pirates illustrate the tension and links between
compassion (metta), loving-kindness (karuna), sympathetic joy (mu
3 Points (concise version)
Intro: My three points are based off of two things my uncle, a teacher monk me, and
what I have seen in my own life. I have not been dead for long, and I still cannot grasp
everything at once in my mind. As I speak, I am trying
What to do when starting a paper
Questions to ask yourself:
1. What do I want to accomplish?
2. What argument do I want to make?
Who is my audience?
4. What is my evidence?
5. What is my approach/method?
Effective ways to write an introductory paragrap
AN INTRODUCTION TO BUDDHIST BELIEF AND PRACTICE IN ASIA
University of Pennsylvania
Mondays and Wednesdays: 1:00pm-1:50pm
Dr. Justin McDaniel (Instructor)
223 Claudia Cohen Hall