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Buddhism Midterm Exam
Please choose two of the following questions to answer. Present your answers in standard essay form, in complete sentences, accurately punctuated and logically ordered.  There is no required character limit; you should answer the questions to the best of your ability, using whatever logical or textual resources you see fit (while citing your sources, of course.) However, a few paragraphs on each question may suffice, especially if you omit the unnecessary introductory and concluding paragraphs that your writing teachers insisted upon, but which are not relevant to this exercise.
Your responses will be evaluated according to the following criteria: clarity and coherence of your response; thoroughness and depth of your response; the extent to which you engage with the ramifications of the question and (when appropriate) with the correlated text; and grammatical and stylistic concerns.  Each of these aspects is important, so each accounts for a quarter of your grade on this exam, or 5 points for each category.
Note: Please do not answer all three questions in the hope of extra credit; I prefer that you devote your time and energy to the requirements at hand, and so I will only grade the first two responses from each student.
Your responses should be uploaded to BlackBoard before class on Monday, July 26 (i.e., by noon.)

  1. All the forms of Buddhism which we are studying seem to agree in denying the existence of a substantial self, while also advocating for a program which promises the possibility of “nirvana” and escape from unwanted karma to its followers. In what way are their tensions between these two views, and how might they be reconciled? (Hint: you should probably consider Siderit’s distinction between conventional and ultimate truths in your response: “A statement is conventionally true if and only if it is acceptable to common sense and consistently leads to successful practice… A statement is ultimately true if and only if it corresponds to the facts and neither asserts nor presupposes the existence of any conceptual fictions (Mark Siderits, Buddhism as Philosophy, 2007).”
  2. Is Buddhism more accurately categorized as a religion, as a philosophy, or as psychology? How would you draw these distinctions, and what elements of our studies support your characterizations? (Hint: a clear definition of each of these disciplines is not easy to provide, but you should offer as clear a set of criteria for each as you can before making your argument.)
  3. The Buddha taught his followers that all one needed to reach enlightenment was to understand and meaningfully appropriate the Four Noble Truths and the concept of Dependent Origination. Compare and contrast these two tenets of Buddhism, and explain why they are both required to reach enlightenment.

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Buddhism Midterm Exam
Please choose two of the following questions to answer. Present your answers in standard essay form, in complete sentences, accurately punctuated and logically ordered.  There is no required character limit; you should answer the questions to the best of your ability, using whatever logical or textual resources you see fit (while citing your sources, of course.) However, a few paragraphs on each question may suffice, especially if you omit the unnecessary introductory and concluding paragraphs that your writing teachers insisted upon, but which are not relevant to this exercise.
Your responses will be evaluated according to the following criteria: clarity and coherence of your response; thoroughness and depth of your response; the extent to which you engage with the ramifications of the question and (when appropriate) with the correlated text; and grammatical and stylistic concerns.  Each of these aspects is important, so each accounts for a quarter of your grade on this exam, or 5 points for each category.
Note: Please do not answer all three questions in the hope of extra credit; I prefer that you devote your time and energy to the requirements at hand, and so I will only grade the first two responses from each student.
Your responses should be uploaded to BlackBoard before class on Monday, July 26 (i.e., by noon.)

  1. All the forms of Buddhism which we are studying seem to agree in denying the existence of a substantial self, while also advocating for a program which promises the possibility of “nirvana” and escape from unwanted karma to its followers. In what way are their tensions between these two views, and how might they be reconciled? (Hint: you should probably consider Siderit’s distinction between conventional and ultimate truths in your response: “A statement is conventionally true if and only if it is acceptable to common sense and consistently leads to successful practice… A statement is ultimately true if and only if it corresponds to the facts and neither asserts nor presupposes the existence of any conceptual fictions (Mark Siderits, Buddhism as Philosophy, 2007).”
  2. Is Buddhism more accurately categorized as a religion, as a philosophy, or as psychology? How would you draw these distinctions, and what elements of our studies support your characterizations? (Hint: a clear definition of each of these disciplines is not easy to provide, but you should offer as clear a set of criteria for each as you can before making your argument.)
  3. The Buddha taught his followers that all one needed to reach enlightenment was to understand and meaningfully appropriate the Four Noble Truths and the concept of Dependent Origination. Compare and contrast these two tenets of Buddhism, and explain why they are both required to reach enlightenment.

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