Buddhism: Renunciation of Self

Your initial post is due by February 27, 2019.

Final post are  due by March 5, 2019

  Buddhism: Renunciation of Self

Buddhism is a religion, philosophy and way of life that stresses the renunciation of self.  The Buddha sought to help lead others to the path to enlightenment by proclaiming the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path as the basis to achieve Nirvana  Thus, Buddhist literature such as The Dhammapada constantly echoes these elements as a guide to becoming awakened.

For this blog, students will read the selection of The Dhammapada provided and using evidence from this sacred text discuss why and how “self” needs to conquered utilizing their knowledge of the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path.

Students must use a minimum of three unique examples (do not repeat other's assertions) in their posts. Students that utilize evidence (citations from the reading) in their responses will be rewarded with a better evaluation. When citing, please, please let your fellow classmates know which chapter you are referencing (i.e. Old Age).


  1. To start, the Buddhism is a region which try to find a easy “way” to go to Nirvana or Brahman (heaven), and don’t rebirth. This “way” consists in the four noble truth and the Eight-fold Path. “ that life is sorrow; that the cause of sorrow is desire; I that escape is through the destruction of desire; that this destruction is to be achieved by the eight-fold path, of which the steps.are:1) right belief, 2) right resolve, 3) right speech, 4) right behavior, 5) right occupation, 6) right effort,. 7) right contemplation, 8) right concentration.”(page 1).

    We uses these to find, how conquered our “self” so we could do a better version of us and go to Nirvana faster. “One should do what one teaches others to do; if one would train others, one should be well−controlled oneself. Difficult, indeed is self−control.” (page 3). I think that this sentence is really good to explain how to conquered ourselves; to do it we have to do that things that we wanted that other people do to us and that we train to teach them.

    “Lead a life of good conduct. Lead not a base life. The righteous live happily both in this world and the next. One who looks upon the world as a bubble and a mirage, that person the King of Death does not see.” (Page 4). Also this sentence is important, because it explain that you should do good things in your life to go to Nirvana and you can’t only be there waiting to your moment.


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