1) How does Buddhism relate to your own spiritual beliefs? What makes it appealing? What might be challenging for you?
2). Explain what these words are saying, what is the argument, and why they work. Someone who is not in the class and has not read the article should be able to understand your explication. - Be able to show some mastery of the idea. What are some original thoughts/examples/challenges you can provide to the passage at hand?
A) The Buddha writes: "Difficult is the attainment of the human state. Difficult the life of mortals. Difficult is the hearing of dhamma true. Difficult the appearance of Awakened Ones. Refraining from all that is detrimental, The attainment of what is wholesome, The purification of one's mind: This is the instruction of Awakened Ones."
B) The Buddha writes: "But those who live according to dhamma - In dhamma well proclaimed - Those people will reach the shore beyond. The realm of death is hard to cross.... There he would wish for delight, Having discarded sensual desires - he who has nothing. The wise one would purify himself Of the defilements of the mind."
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