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8.4: Study Questions
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- Look back over the survey of Buddhist ways of being religious and Christian ways of being religious in the last two chapters. What similarities stand out and seem especially remarkable? What differences?
- Overall, what ways or combination of ways are given greater emphasis and priority in Buddhism overall? Which in Christianity? To what are these emphases and priorities due?
- To what extent do the emphases and priorities identified in question 2 reflect the respective central sacred story in each?
- Identify a specific subtradition in Buddhism that seems akin to a specific subtradition in Christianity. In what respects are they similar and in what respects are they dissimilar? What accounts for the similarity? What accounts for the difference?
- Given the complex diversity of Buddhism and of Christianity presented in Chapters 7 and 8, what are some generalizations you have heard or read (or perhaps have at one time made yourself) that now seem misrepresentations or distortions? Be specific as to why they are misrepresentations.
- Identify at least one important concept from Buddhism that is interpreted differently in different subtraditions of Buddhism. Explain how its meaning shifts from one subtradition to the next. Do the same for an important concept in Christianity.