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Religious Studies
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RELIGST 1B06
Professor
Tristan Carter

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Where Are We Going? • Where do we want to go? • How do we get there? What Did the Buddha do? • Buddha was someone who succeeded in his goal • Buddha spent a lot of time meditating, thinking about how the cycle of samsara  works in order to understand it and thus escape it.  • Buddha renounced the world  • Buddha’s method is still followed by many Buddhists today • To achieve nirvana, follow Buddha’s method but that’s the only response. The “Death” of the Buddha • Dharma  ▯word used to describe the Buddha’s teachings • “Death” in quotation marks because he died and isn’t going to be reborn; he was  released from the cycle of samsara and was not going to be reborn again.  • When Buddha died, people thought getting out of the circle of samsara/ achieving  nirvana without the Buddha to help/teach you properly, to make sure you are  practicing it correctly was difficult, if not impossible for the people • “Strive diligently for your own salvation”  The Buddha’s “first” birth as Sumedha  • The Buddha is a lot like us  ▯stuck in the cycle of samsara until he found out how  to escape it.  • Buddha, a long time ago, decided to become a Buddha • The decision was made when he was born for the first time as Sumedha  • As Sumedha, he came across another Buddha • Sumedha is kneeling • Sumedha was inspired by this past Buddha to become Buddha and was preparing  to become a Buddha is his lifetimes • Each lifetime, he became incrementally closer to becoming Buddha and achieving  enlightenment  The Tigress Birth Story • Buddha, in one of his former lives, saw a starving tigress that was about to eat her  offspring  • So he thre
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