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religion 100 2011 exam question 4

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Religion
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RLG100Y1
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Andre Maintenay

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Short Answer Question 4
The Indic traditions are sometimes characterized as being pragmatic in orientation,
grappling with what they see as being the central problems of living in the world. With
reference to Buddhism and to one Western tradition, discuss this issue. What does each of
these traditions see as being the most crucial problem of existence? What techniques does it
propose to resolve it?
Buddhism believes that the biggest problem that humans have with living in the world is
that they are fuelled by desire. This desire causes suffering because it is impossible for a
person to have all their desires met (infinite?). Explained by the 4 Noble Truths
4 Noble Truths
1)Suffering is a constant part of life
2)Suffering is caused by our desire
3)To get rid of suffering, need to get rid of desire
4)Get rid of desire by 8-fold-path
Solutions Buddhism offers to this problem- 8 fold path
Right...view, thought, speech, conduct, livelihood, effort, mindfulness, meditation
Practice these things to help achieve Nirvana/ freedom from the cycle of suffering
Christianity
Problem: Every person in the world is imperfect and has sinned at some point in their lives.
The penalty for sin is death/hell. Nobody is perfect enough to enter the kingdom of God (you
have to be completely sinless)
Solution: Accept Jesus into your heart and ask for forgiveness of your sins. Your slate will
be wiped clean and you will be perfect enough to enter the kingdom of God.
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Short Answer Question 4 The Indic traditions are sometimes characterized as being pragmatic in orientation, grappling with what they see as being the central problems of living in the world. With reference to Buddhism and to one Western tradition, discuss this issue. What does each of these traditions see as being the most crucial problem of existence? What techniques does it propose to resolve it? Buddhism believes that the biggest problem that humans have with living in the world is that they are fuelled by desire. This desire causes suffering because it is impossible for a person to have all their desires met (infinite?). Explained by the 4 Noble Truths 4 Noble Truths 1) Suffering is a constant part of life 2) Suffering is caused by our desire 3) To ge
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