Explain the Buddhist, Taoist and the Confucianism conceptions

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DB 2

Respond
to one question from Group I and one question from Group II, then
respond to one more question from either group (your choice), for a
total of three questions answered. Each response should be 300 words,
for a total of 900.

Textbook:
Fisher, Mary Pat. 
Living
Religions
,
9th ed. (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall), 2011. ISBN:
0-205-83585-6

Group
1

  1. Explain
    the Buddhist conception of the “Middle Way.” How did Siddhartha
    come up with this idea? Do you agree with this mode of religious
    practice? Why or why not?

  2. Explain
    the concept of dukkha and its role in Buddhist teaching.

  3. Compare
    and contrast some of the basic ideas of Theravada and Mahayana
    Buddhism.

  4. What
    are some of the typical devotional practices of lay Buddhism? Why do
    some Buddhist practitioners reject or avoid such practices?

  5. List
    the steps on the Noble Eightfold Path and note briefly what each
    step involves. Do you think these steps can really lead to
    enlightenment or at least living a morally good life? Explain and
    defend your answer.


Group
2

  1. Explain
    how Daoism, Confucianism, and even Buddhism may be blended in
    Chinese religious practice. Use specific examples from the text to
    illustrate your claims.

  2. Compare
    and contrast the significance of relationships—of humans with
    other humans, and of humans with nature—in Daoist and Confucian
    thought.

  3. Which
    of the general characteristics of an indigenous religion described
    in Chapter 2 of Living Religions are evident in Shinto? What
    specific forms do they take?

  4. How
    is the Shinto belief in tsumi similar to, and different from, the
    understandings of karma presented in Hinduism and Jainism?

  5. What
    aspects of Zoroastrian belief and practice seem similar to Hinduism?
    Give specific examples.

  6. Do
    any Zoroastrian beliefs seem familiar to you in the context of your
    knowledge of Judaism and Christianity? If so, which ones?