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Phil 250-01:
Hinduism, Buddhism & Taoism

Second Essay

Due April 13, 2010
Wheel of Life (Tibetan)

Construct an articulate, philosophically reflective essay concerning Buddhism that demonstrates your understanding of the primary source material we have been studying for the past five weeks. Include substantial discussion of at least four of the following themes (clearly identifying each). 

  •      Four Noble Truths
  •      Eightfold Path
  •      Self & No-self (anatta)
  •      Samsara & Nirvana
  •      Impermanence (anicca) & Sunyata (emptiness)
  •      Five Skandhas (aggregates) & Mindfulness
  •      Dependent Origination (pratityasamutpada)
  •      Buddhahood (buddhatva) & Boddhisattvas
Be sure to: (1) demonstrate understanding of the assignments as well as the issues, (2) analyze and evaluate those materials, and (3) express and explore your own ideas and opinions.

You may discuss issues with other people (including classmates), but use standard considerations of academic integrity when preparing your papers: if you use an insight or argument suggested by another person, reference the indebtedness. Outside sources are allowed, but neither expected nor required. Provide complete citations for all quotations.

7-10 pages of text: typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, one inch margins. For those who wish, papers may be submitted electronically (disk, jump drive or Email). Late papers will not be accepted without advance arrangement and adequate justification.

Required Text
John M. Koller & Patricia Koller - A Sourcebook in Asian Philosophy (Macmillan 1991).

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