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1. What two events in his life show how he abandoned the caste system?

  • His death and his past life wherein he sacrificed himself to feed a mother tiger
  • Teaching people of all backgrounds, renunciation of his charmed life as a Kshatriya.
  • The birth and four sights
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2. Which is the odd one out, that the buddha did not accept?

  • Soma - a drug used in religious rituals
  • Karma - moral causation from a past life leading to your current one.
  • A form of repeated lives
  • The general Indian idea that suffering leads to ignorance
  • Ahmisa - a principle of non violence

3. Why do people believe the earliest civilasation only worshipped tehir mother godess in the home?

  • The Buddha's own account of a past life he had led there.
  • Excavations found no temple
  • Ancient scriptures

4. One last quote - all these are true, but only some pertain to this specific topic - which is it?

  • 'Turning first this way and then that without making any real progress' Merv Fowler
  • 'the aim is to sit mindfully.' Cush
  • 'Posssesed an equally strong rejection of it.' (About the Buddha's contemporary culture and values) Side
  • 'The Buddha was a man, a human being like ourselves.' Cush

5. There are two reasons found in the Buddha's teaching for why he rejected the atman; what are they?

  • It was petty and old fashioned
  • Anata, impermanence of self; and the 5 skandas.
  • the noble eightfold path and the parable of sunita


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