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Buddhism

1. The Buddhas early life in the palace can be characterized as a life of self-indulgence. His later life as an ascetic can be characterized as a life of self-denial. His teaching indicates that self-fulfillment cannot be attained in either of those ways. Explain why this became central to his teaching.2. In the Four Noble Truths, the first is “sarvam dukkha” which is often translated as suffering, and it is treated as universal. This first noble truth can perhaps be more accurately rendered as dissatisfaction.Explain what the source of such dissatisfaction is and why the Buddha thought it so important. Note that the dissatisfaction of the first truth is related to the second noble truth, trishna, which is thirst or desire.3. One of the aspects of Buddhism that distinguishes it from religions such as Christianity, Islam, and Judaism is that it involves no beliefs, practices or even traditions. That is beliefs have no relevant role in Buddhism. Explain why beliefs are not seen as an important part of such a view, especially in light of the importance placed on belief in this part of the world (i.e. US, Europe, Great Britain, etc.).4. In Buddhism it can be claimed that what we perceive physically is Maya or illusory. Explain what that means and why it might make sense to someone not familiar with the teachings of Buddhism.You could do this by comparing/contrasting it with the empirical view that only what is perceived is real.5. The Buddha used the word nirvana to refer to the third noble truth, which is also portrayed as the end of suffering. What does the word mean and how might one understand it as the end of suffering?