demonstrates the relationship between meditation, wisdom, and morality or ethics.
Question 1: The Interaction of Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha through Conversion Stories
The three treasures of Buddha, the teaching, and the community create a dynamic in which Buddhism flourishes. How does Buddhist literature teach these ideas through story? For your answer choose one of the two following primary source readings in the course:
The conversion of Patacara in patacara.pdf
The conversion of Sariputra and Maudgalyayana in conversion-stories-strong-2008.pdf
In your answer briefly explain the concept of the three treasures and its significance in Buddhism. Then interpret the story, showing how it demonstrates the dynamic between Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha.
Question 2: The Eightfold Path and Meditation
The fourth noble truth of the Eightfold path is often described as the three trainings of morality, wisdom, and meditation. These three aspects of the Buddhist path are interactive and mutually supportive. Buddhist literature about meditation includes aspects of both wisdom and morality. In this essay, first briefly explain the teaching of the eightfold path as the three trainings. Then discuss how Asvaghosa’s essay in Strong, “How to Meditate: Some Advice” demonstrates the relationship between meditation, wisdom, and morality or ethics.