RELI 448 Week 3 Discussion
The Four Noble Truths (graded)
The most important of the Four Noble Truths is the fourth, the Noble Eightfold Path. Did anything in particular strike you about these “paths” (e.g., the idea of “right thoughts,” that we should always try to act with pure motives)? Do you see any similarities between the Noble Eightfold Path and Christianity? Did Jesus say anything similar to Buddha in this regard? Elaborate.
Two Parables: The Prodigal Son (graded)
Read the Buddhist and Christian versions of the prodigal son story: http://www.comparativereligion.com/prodigal.html
What do you see as the main difference between these two stories? You can start by simply taking one element of the parable and discussing how this element differs in the two parables. For example, how is the role of the father different in the Buddhist and Christian versions of the story? Elaborate.