Background to Buddhism

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1. What example shows the difference between rebirth and reincarnation?

  • A candle flame which changes as it passes the flame to another candle
  • One is believed by the idiotic; one is for people of superior intellect
  • One allows freedom from suffering where the other cannot
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2. What two events in his life show how he abandoned the caste system?

  • Teaching people of all backgrounds, renunciation of his charmed life as a Kshatriya.
  • The birth and four sights
  • His death and his past life wherein he sacrificed himself to feed a mother tiger

3. 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

4. Which civilisations influenced the Buddha?

  • Indus Valley and Oxford Rowing
  • Aryan and Tibetan
  • Indus Valley and Vedic
  • Therevada and Mahyana

5. Buddhism Did not develop in a Vaccum is a quote to attribute to who?

  • Buddha
  • Side
  • Cush
  • Fowler

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