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What do you think prevents your lasting and full happiness? . The 3 Signs of Being. Buddhists identify 3 aspects of life, or “signs of being” , by which we are made unhappy….
Buddhists identify 3 aspects of life, or “signs of being”, by which we are made unhappy…
To define the key words
To explain how the “signs of being” lead to suffering
To evaluate if the signs of being contradict or complement Christian teaching.
Look up what these key words mean from your Key words list. Explain them to your partner.
Which ones might you agree with? Disagree with ?
Dukkha – life is full of disappointment. Things are never as good as they should be.
Anicca– nothing lasts. Everything we know is changing. Good things and people and times will pass, as will the bad.
Anatta – there is no soul, or self, so there is no selfishness or concern for self. Also, nothing carries on after you are dead, so you are not afraid of death itself.
Discuss with your partner the one that your teacher gives you. Explain to the class why it is a source of suffering.
Why are these things a source of suffering ? Rank them in order 1-5 of hardest to bear (hardest =5). Discuss with your partner the one that your teacher gives you. Explain to the class why it is a source of suffering.
Which of the sources of Dukkha is hardest to bear? Explain in your books.
Compare it to one other form of Dukkha: explain why this other kind of Dukkha is not so hard to bear in comparison to your chosen one.
**Which of these sources of Dukkha could you eliminate from your life? How?
3rd Sign of Being - Anatta.
There is no soul/ self. There is no “you”. “you” are just a collection of thoughts, feelings, ideas, body parts + karma: the life-force that you make good or bad through your actions.
Draw the man/ question mark, subtitle it “Anatta – Buddhist teaching that there is no Soul/self”
Add labels to EXPLAIN WHY this doctrine could be a good thing.
**Do any of the “signs of being” challenge the teachings of Christianity? If so, how?
Since there is no “self” or soul to protect or fight for, the “No-self doctrine” leads to harmlessness towards others, contentment and peace.
“Since there is no “self” or soul to protect or fight for, the “No-self doctrine” leads to harmlessness towards others, contentment and peace.”
Add labels to show how the “no self” doctrine is a good thing.
Not ambitious or in competition with others
No jealousy or envy
Care more for others, not your “self”
Can’t be attached to things so you don’t suffer loss
Can’t get annoyed, angry, insulted as no “ego” to offend
Don’t fight to protect yourself, or use any violence.
Don’t do others down to get ahead yourself
Not disappointed by failure or success
Does the cartoon support this Buddhist idea or not ?
There is no self.
Is this a depressing view of life ?
How could you live with these beliefs ?