World's Religions

The book is "The World's Religions" by Huston Smith

Below are some of the questions needed to be answered:

Your journal should be informed by the readings for the week. Here are some of the questions you many consider while writing Journal 2:
Buddhism seems a bit individualistic, does it or doesn't it?
Could something as important as religious truth vary from person to person? Which is it?
Should we find the truth ourselves or do we need the wisdom and experience of those who have gone before us?
Hinduism also says attachment to impermanent things causes suffering. Is what the Buddha says any different?
Do you agree with the first two Noble Truths? Why or why not?
Do you see how attachment to changing, impermanent, empty realities leads to suffering?
Think about American society and its culture (or you might think of the entertainment industry and celebrity culture): Can you imagine the process (of change, impermanence, empty realities and suffering) operating in the world?
Select several events or other items that illustrate these truths.
If you disagree with Buddhism’s analysis, explain why.
Take a few moments and read the “Parable of the Arrow” (Smith 95–96).
What do you think of the Buddha's approach to religious life?
Are religious authorities and doctrines (creed) good and necessary, or dangerous? Why?
How do we “know” religious truth? Is it a firm conviction in our hearts or minds or something that practically “works”?
As you read on are you becoming aware of a flow of ideas and impulses?
What are you learning about how your mind and feelings work?
As you read, also pay close attention to the differences between Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism. Look for the following differences:
Arhat vs. Boddhisattva;
Detachment vs. Compassion;
Emptiness of Self vs. Emptiness of all things
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