Philosophy and Religion (Eastern)


After reading chapter 15 of the textbook, Philosophy the Power of Ideas, answer the following questions. Each answer should be at a minimum 1 paragraph, while others may be several paragraphs in length. The grade of A (72-80 out of 80 points) will only be assigned to exemplary submissions which demonstrate extensive thought and effort in completion of the assignment.
Please note: there are only two sources for you answers: the textbook and your mind! Any information taken from other sources is unacceptable. Plagiarism of the thoughts or ideas of others be it from books or the internet will result in a zero on the assignment and your final course grade being dropped by a full letter grade.
1) Explain and evaluate the notions of Karma, samsara, and Nirvana.
2) Explain and evaluate the Hindu ideas of Brahman, atman and reality.
3) Explain the Buddha?s four noble truths. Is he correct in his view?
4) Explain and evaluate the ?Eight Fold Path?. Is this a reasonable philosophy for life?
5) Explain the connection or relationship between Tao, Yin, and Yang.
6) Explain and evaluate Lao Tzu?s notion of effortless non-striving.
7) Explain and evaluate Confucius?s principle of Mean.
8) Explain and evaluate the views of Murasaki Shikibu and the role and status of women.