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RELI 100 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Religion In China, Shangdi, Junzi

RELIGION NOTES MICAELA GUEVARA CHINESE RELIGIONS CONFUCIANISM Ancient Chinese Religious Beliefs Human Body and Soul Hun (light, pure, rising stuff) Po (heavy, turgid, sinking stuff) Gods and Ghosts Shen (benevolent spirits...

Religious Studies
RELI 100
Catherine Elaine Prueitt
Religious Studies
RELI 100
David Dakake
RELI 100 Lecture Notes - Lecture 12: Muhajirun, Zakat, Banu Khazraj
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NOVEMBER 27: Muhammed is just a human being Quran: main text of Islam Mecca Islam is a religion for human beings but it is also the way of the natural world 5 daily prayers Te...

Religious Studies
RELI 100
David Dakake
RELI 100 Lecture Notes - Lecture 11: Transubstantiation, Absolution, Matzo
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NOVEMBER 15: Jesus was a Jew- his Hebrew name is Yeshua (or Joshua in English/Jesus in Latin) - The new Moses Sermon on the mount: On top of hill, Jesus preaches down the essence of the mosaic ...

Religious Studies
RELI 100
David Dakake
RELI 100 Lecture Notes - Lecture 10: Passover Seder, Oral Torah, Sukkot
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NOVEMBER 1st: Characteristics of monotheistic religions: - God is a personal God - God acts in history - One God Tanakh - Torah: first 5 of old - Neviim Joshua ...

Religious Studies
RELI 100
David Dakake
RELI 100 Lecture Notes - Lecture 9: Sweat Lodge, Wakan Tanka, Ceremonial Pipe
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There is no word for religion in the Sioux language - Everything they did was religious, nothing was unreligious Highly symbolist tradition - Sign = humanly agreed upon connection between two things (ex. Green...

Religious Studies
RELI 100
David Dakake
RELI 100 Lecture Notes - Lecture 8: Wu Wei, Yin And Yang, Tao Te Ching
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Tao: the way to the truth and the truth itself- present in everything - Image of how tao manifests itself into the world = yin yang ~ yin- dark element; passivity, femininity ~ yang- light element; activ...

Religious Studies
RELI 100
David Dakake
RELI 100 Lecture Notes - Lecture 7: Mpu Prapanca, Dharma, Jiriki
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● Prapanca:​ ​fiction​ ​(non-truthfulness)​ ​of​ ​our​ ​language - The​ ​only​ ​real​ ​speech​ ​is​ ​to​ ​be​ ​silent​ ​(this​ ​is​ ​why​ ​Buddha’s​ ​mouth​ ​is​ ​closed​ ​is​ ​most statues) ● Tanha:​ ​to​ ​cl...

Religious Studies
RELI 100
David Dakake
RELI 100 Lecture Notes - Lecture 6: Noble Eightfold Path, Budai
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● 8​ ​fold​ ​path​ ​(all​ ​to​ ​be​ ​done​ ​simultaneously) 1. Right​ ​intention:​ ​intention​ ​to​ ​end​ ​suffering​ ​but​ ​in​ ​the​ ​right​ ​way 2. Right​ ​understanding:​ ​to​ ​recognize​ ​that​ ​this​ ​world​ ​is​...

Religious Studies
RELI 100
David Dakake
RELI 100 Lecture Notes - Lecture 5: Jiriki, Abhidharma, Upaya
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● Buddha​ ​is​ ​the​ ​image​ ​of​ ​the​ ​void​ ​(the​ ​shunyata) ● 2​ ​major​ ​types​ ​of​ ​Buddhist​ ​methodology - Jiriki:​ ​self-power;​ ​everything​ ​other​ ​than​ ​the​ ​shunyata​ ​is​ ​an​ ​illusion - Tarik...

Religious Studies
RELI 100
David Dakake
RELI 100 Lecture Notes - Lecture 4: Gautama Buddha, Sacred Language, Abhidharma
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Hinduism: ● Karma-​ ​actions​ ​(good​ ​or​ ​bad),​ ​determines​ ​how​ ​you​ ​move​ ​about​ ​the​ ​castes ● If​ ​you​ ​follow​ ​your​ ​dharma,​ ​you​ ​can​ ​be​ ​reborn​ ​into​ ​a​ ​higher​ ​caste​ ​but​ ​not​ ...

Religious Studies
RELI 100
David Dakake
RELI 100 Lecture Notes - Lecture 3: Vedas, Trimurti
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● Indra:​ ​God​ ​of​ ​the​ ​sky ● Agni:​ ​God​ ​of​ ​fire ● Yama:​ ​God​ ​of​ ​death ● Vac:​ ​Goddess​ ​of​ ​speech ● There​ ​is​ ​no​ ​one​ ​right​ ​way​ ​to​ ​refer​ ​to​ ​the​ ​divine ● Hindus:​ ​“those​...

Religious Studies
RELI 100
David Dakake
RELI 100 Lecture Notes - Lecture 2: Aranyaka, Upanishads, Ekam

● 7​ ​Vedas​ ​within​ ​the​ ​heading​ ​The​ ​Veda​ ​(each​ ​tells​ ​a​ ​specific​ ​part​ ​of​ ​the​ ​sacrifice) - Rg./Rig:​ ​series​ ​of​ ​hymns​ ​sung​ ​during​ ​the​ ​sacrifice - Sama:​ ​sound;​ ​how​ ​the​ ​hy...

Religious Studies
RELI 100
David Dakake
RELI 100 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Vedas, Sacred Language, Hinduism

● All​ ​human​ ​beings​ ​seek​ ​absolute​ ​meaning​ ​and​ ​worship,​ ​even​ ​if​ ​it​ ​is​ ​a​ ​God​ ​of​ ​your​ ​own making ● Hinduism:​ ​named​ ​after​ ​the​ ​Hindu​ ​people​ ​in​ ​some​ ​sense - Aryan​ ​trib...

Religious Studies
RELI 100
David Dakake
RELI 100 Lecture Notes - Lecture 16: Originalism, Thrombus, Zakat
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RELI 100 Lecture Notes 16 • Muslims say revert instead of convert to Islam o Islam is the original religion • There is no compulsion in religion o Cannot be forced to be religious Ra...

Religious Studies
RELI 100
David Dakake

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