World Religions Fall 2001 Quiz #6 makeup
Respond to the following essay questions. Be succinct --
information is much more important than volume. This is due by
exam time (6:00 PM) on Tuesday, Dec. 18.
Many religious traditions have struggled with the problem of
how the dedicated renunciant members of the community should relate
to the larger circle of adherents who cannot become monks or nuns
for one reason or another. How was this problem addressed by the
early Buddhist community? How does this issue continue to underlie
some of the fundamental differences between Mahayana and Theravada
Contrast the role of the bodhisattva in Mahayana Buddhism
with the idea the boddhisattva in Theravada Buddhist tradtitions.
Who is Maitreya? In which tradition is he important, and why?
Discuss the roles of women in Buddhism. How do marriage and
family fit into the various traditions? What are the issues
surrounding Buddhist nuns? How are they different from tradition to
tradition? Can a woman become an arhat? Bodhisattva?