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Lecture 16

01:840:211 Lecture Notes - Lecture 16: Upaya, Dharma


Department
Religion
Course Code
01:840:211
Professor
Lammerts
Lecture
16

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Upaya:
- an aspect of guidance along the Buddhist paths to liberation where a conscious, voluntary
action is driven by an incomplete reasoning about its direction.
- “Skillful means” / “expedient means”
- Buddha teaches dharma in different ways, depending on the capacities for the
understanding of his audience
- Gotama narrates a parable where a father gets children out of a burning house by telling
them that three different toy carts are outside
- The burning house represents samsara and father represents a Buddha utilizing upaya
Sasana:
- They say “sasana” since there is no one god in Buddhism. It pretty much means religion but is
known as the teachings of the Buddha.
- “Teaching” “dispensation”
- After enlightenment, Gotama teaches his dhamma to gods and men giving sermons and
performing miracles
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