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HINDUISM: PAGES 12-26
- Who coined the term harijan and what does it mean?
- What book does Gandhi identify as par excellence for seeking knowledge of the Truth?
- Describe the two paths of desire.
- Describe the two paths of renunciation.
- What are there a total of four things that people want? In other words,
why isn't achieving kama
- What is Atman-Brahman?
- What does the word stricture mean? (look it up)
- What are the three basic limitations or imperfections of humans?
- What are the three strictures of joy?
- How does Hinduism propose humans free themselves of the three basic limitations or imperfections?
BUDDHISM: PAGES 82-99
- What does the term "Buddha" literally mean?
- When and where was Siddhartha Gautama born?
- What prophetic insights were told to Siddhartha's father?
- How did these insights influence Siddhartha's early years?
- What is asceticism?
- From which religion did Buddhism grow?
- What are the six points that illustrate the Buddha as a rebel?
- To what was the Buddha reacting?
- What are the seven characteristics of Buddhism according to Huston Smith?
- How is Buddhism an egalitarian religion?
TAOISM: pp 197-220
- When and where was Lao Tzu born?
- What are some of the legends surrounding his birth and life?
- What is Taoism's sacred text and what is the titles translation?
- Identify the three aspects of the Tao.
- What are the three types of power in relation to the different forms of Taoism?
- What is a paradox?
- What do you think Lao Tzu meant by "Those who know don't say and those who say don't know."
- What is the wu-wei?
- Why do Taoists see competition as destructive?
- What is the yin-yang and what
does it represent?
JUDAISM: pp. 271-288
- What fraction of Western civilization bears the marks of its Jewish ancestry?
- Being that the early Hebrews were a nomadic group who settled in a land 1/8 the size of Illinois,
what lifted them from obscurity to permanent religious greatness?
- In what was the Jewish quest for meaning rooted?
- What do the terms prosaic and anthropomorphic
mean?(look them up)
- What made the god of the Hebrews so different from the gods of the other Meditarranean peoples?
- What makes Judaism’s approach to nature slightly different than Taoism’s approach?
- From what root meaning does the term sin originate?
- For Jews, what was the arena of God’s purposive activity?
- Jews believe that Yahweh’s (YHWH) hand was at work in every historical event in order to shape what type of experiences?
- What are the four danger zones emphasized in the Decalogue (Ten Commandments)?
ISLAM: pp. 242 - 257 (The Five Pillars - Sufism)
- What did Allah
reveal through…Abraham? Moses? Jesus?
- What exactly
is the Shahadah?
- At what points
during the day are Muslims required to pray?
- Give two historical
events for the origins of Ramadan.
- What is primogeniture and why does the Koran forbid it?
- According to
the Koran, what ultimate power do women have when it comes to marriage?
- Identify three
instances that the Koran mentions when polygyny
(polygamy) is permissible.
- What happened
to Malcolm X when he made his pilgrimage to Mecca in 1964?
- Identify the
expression from the Koran (2:257) that regulates preaching and conversion.
- What was Muhammad
referring to when he spoke of the lesser jihad and the greater jihad?
Homeworks and Outline: Sacred Paths
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D. “The more I am able to affirm others, to say ‘yes” to them in myself, by discovering
them in myself and myself in them, the more real I am. I am fully real if my own heart says yes to everyone” Thomas