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Eastern Traditions of Human Identity

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Todd Brenneman

on 18 February 2011

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Transcript of Eastern Traditions of Human Identity

Eastern Traditions of Human Identity Confucian, Hindu and Buddhist The Caste System Brahmin
Shudra Dalit The Upanishads and Core Hindu Concepts Brahman Atman Maya Samsara Karma Dharma Moksha The Buddha's Middle Way and the Non-self The Four Noble Truths All life entails suffering The cause of suffering is craving Removing desire will remove suffering To remove desire follow the Eightfold Path Anatman China in the time of Confucius "Tian" The Five Relationships Ruler/servant
Elder/younger siblings
Friend/friend Ren/jen Li What is the appeal of these traditions?
What do they offer to people?

What are the motivations for people to act morally?
What are the motivations for people to act morally toward others?

What "hidden worldviews" are present in these traditions?
How do these traditions operate against some of those hidden worldviews you have studied?

What factors/arguments would be necessary to convince someone to change?
How might someone respond to a Christian worldview? Five Skandhas

1. Body
2. Sensations
3. Perceptions
4. Will
5. Consciousness The gentleman understands what is moral. The small man understands what is profitable.

Study the past if you would define the future.

Virtue is not left to stand alone. He who practices it will have neighbors.
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