Nalysisof A key scripture of Buddhism paper one
Religious Studies 142 Christian Jochim
Buddhist Traditions Instructor
PAPER ONE GUIDELINES
Due date: March 7
PURPOSE: In 1,000 or more words, analyize a key scripture of Buddhism, answering the
1) What do you know about the origins of this scripture from a scholarly, historical perspective?
2) Is this scripture associated with a specific branch, school, or sect of Buddhism? Which one?
3) What role does it play for those who consider it to be sacred scripture: practically (e.g., in
ritual or daily practice), philosophically, or otherwise?
4) What are the distinctive features of this scripture (terminology, ideas, style, or form) that
connect it with a specific form of Buddhism?
5) How did this text contribute to or alter the course of Buddhist history, practice, and/or
6) What do you consider to be its basic teachings?
7) In your own opinion: What are its strengths and weaknesses as a presentation of religious
thought and practice?
Sources for Paper One: Choose an English translation of a scripture from the lists of
a?Suggestions for Further Readinga? on the following pages of Donald Mitchellas Buddhism:
Introducing the Buddhist Experience. (NOTE: You may need to use LINK+ or Interlibrary
Loan to find your chosen book, so GET AN EARLY START.)
Page 32: Ashvaghosa, Cowell, Schelling and Waldman
Page 64: Bodhi and Nyanaponika, Dhamma, Nanamoli, Walshe
Page 102: Buddhaghosa, Wijayaratne
Page 133: Cleary, Conze, Numata Center, Suzuki, Watson
Page 158: Garfield, Shantadeva, Snellgrove
Page 195: Davanport, Sherborne, Thurman
Page 244: Hakeda, Sharf, Tsai, Yampolsky
Page 274: Lee, Muller
Page 321: Abe and Waddell, Cook, Hakeda, Hirota, Yampolsky