Discussion Questions for Buddha: How did reading Buddha: A Story of Enlightenment change your understanding of Buddhism and its founder? One way to follow the Buddha is to live a life of compassion-how do you currently manifest compassion in your life?
Chapter 1 Class Discussion Questions In what ways is the Buddhist worldview similar to or different from the traditional Western one, and how do both of these compare to the current scientific way of thinking?
Is time linear or cyclic? Are events unique or do the same things happen over and over like birthdays, Christmas, and Monday mornings? Are the Buddhist and Western conceptions incompatible?
Does it make sense to believe in reincarnation? If "no," are people like the Buddha deluded when they claim to remember past lives? If "yes," what evidence is there for it? What difference would it make to you now if you believed you would be reborn and live again? Is karma the same as destiny, in the sense that everything that happens to you is predetermined?
Do you believe that "what goes around comes around," and if so is this the same as karma? Does everyone get what they deserve, in the end?
How far back would you have to go, and what sources would you use? Can any of the information in Buddhist sources about Buddha's life be relied on? Is there any archaeological evidence that can help corroborate it? Do you think Buddha's own experience such as losing his mother as an infant, being cosseted in a palace had any influence on his outlook on life?
Was it selfish of him to abandon his wife and child in order to seek enlightenment? Chapter 3 Class Discussion Questions Is the First Noble Truth right when it claims that "all existence is suffering," or is Buddhism overly-pessimistic in its assessment of the human condition?
What sort of things are included in the scope of the term duhkha? Do people have a soul, and if so, what is it like? If not, what is it that makes you who you are, and how do you remain the same person if—as science tells us—the material basis of your being changes continuously?
If your memories changed, would you be someone else? If the Noble Eightfold Path leads to nirvana, why is nirvana not mentioned anywhere in it? Is nirvana reached as the ninth stage of the path, or if not, when?
Chapter 4 Class Discussion Questions Why does the monastic sangha require such a rigorous behavioral code as opposed to the less difficult guidelines for the laity?
Why do the Buddhist nuns seem to occupy a lower, lesser position then the monks in the early Buddhist sangha? Would it be acceptable for the early Buddhist communities to alter the various Buddhist behavioral codes?While Buddhism provides answers for the three most important worldview questions, the Buddhist answers raise important questions in and of themselves.
There are several topics one could engage when talking to a Buddhist in order to examine the internal and external coherence of the worldview.
Buddhism (/ ˈ b ʊ d ɪ z əm /, US also / ˈ b uː-/) is the world's fourth-largest religion with over million followers, or over 7% of the global population, known as Buddhists.
An Indian religion, Buddhism encompasses a variety of traditions, beliefs and spiritual practices largely based on original teachings attributed to the Buddha and resulting interpreted philosophies.
Hello all, At my school I run a 'Buddhism Discussion Group' and we're going to be having our first meeting of the new semester soon. I anticipate that we'll have alot of people who are new to buddhism and don't know too much about it but have a serious interest in it. Study and Discussion Questions for Early Buddhist Discourses Chapter One: The Noble Quest (Ariyapariyesana Sutta) Study Questions 1) Briefly contrast the noble and the ignoble quests.
The relationship between Buddhism and sexual orientation varies by tradition and teacher. According to some scholars, early Buddhism appears to have placed no special stigma on homosexual relations, since the subject was not mentioned.
Class Discussion Questions Is Tantric (Vajrayana) Buddhism a logical addition to the earlier main divisions of Buddhism (that is, so-called "Hinayana" and Mahayana)? What are the advantages and disadvantages of the Dalai Lama system?