Project #73291 - HINDUISM AND BUDDHISM

This assignment is a rush and needs to be completed in the next 3 hours. Must be minimum 2-3 paragraphs per question.
 
1)  The Brahmanical Period (c. 1500-600 BCE) is VERY significant in Hinduism.  Essentially, the Indo-Aryan tribes conquered the indigenous Dravidians.  This is the period, over time, that the caste system developed in India.  How are the 4 purposes and stages of life correlated with the four specific castes?
 
(2)  Describe the cyclical concept of reincarnation.  How does it differ from the linear thinking of Western religions? (use my notes and the texts to answer this, plus any other reliable info off the Internet that you feel helps to explain reincarnation).  Which process do you favor?  (linear=heaven/hell; cyclical=reincarnation)
 
(3)  Tell me the Buddha's life story ... details of his early life, his need to find a path/way to enlightenment, etc.  You need to describe the Legend of the Four Sights, the Four Noble Truths, the Middle Way (path of moderation), and the Eightfold Path.  On page 149 of WRAm is the following quote:  "For someone who looks at religion through Western eyes, the most intriguing aspect of Buddhist worship is that it does not need to involve anything like a belief in God."  Respond to this idea that Buddhism is an atheistic religion.  Do you agree or disagree, and why?  Then consider whether you can be a Christian yet follow Buddhist practices.

Subject Philosophy
Due By (Pacific Time) 06/07/2015 07:30 pm
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