The Foundations of Buddhism Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

Rupert Gethin
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Essay Topic 1

Describe the Theraveda tradition of Buddhism. Where is it practiced? How does it relate in doctrine and practice to ancient Buddhism?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the Mahayana tradition of Buddhism. How does it relate to the Theraveda tradition of Buddhism? How did it originate? Who practices this form of Buddhism?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the Indian renouncer tradition. What do people who undertake this tradition do? Why do they do this?

Essay Topic 4

Describe the three main activities that the wanderers and ascetics primarily engaged in. Why?

Essay Topic 5

Explain the brahmanical tradition. Where did the people who founded this tradition in India come from? What effect did they have on Indian society?

Essay Topic 6

Describe the life of the Buddha. What sort of family did he come from? How did he become the Buddha?

Essay Topic 7

Explain the role of Mara in Buddhism. What did he do...

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