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Sacred Text Questions
Spring 2013
All reflections are to be double spaced in 10, 11 or 12 pitch regular font (e.g. Arial, New Times
Roman, Universal) and at least 250 words (except for the Mandala project). Your sacred text
reflection needs to include the name or title or location of the sacred text you are writing about and
the version and or translation you are using. You will then answer the question or address the
comment. You may obtain the texts from the library or online or purchase them at a book store. I have
also provided links for the sacred texts.
Reflection 1 - Your personal philosophy about other religions (due 1/25)
Which of the three positions presented in class best describes your personal beliefs about other
religions and why? 10 points
Reflection 2 on Hindu text (due 2/8)
Bhagavad Gita, Faith (chapter 12)
Describe three virtues which Krishna extols in the Gita? What conclusions about Krishna can you
draw based on these virtues? 10 points
Reflection 3 on Jain text (due 2/15)
Akaranga Sutra, Book 1, Lecture 1, Lesson 3
Who is the houseless man? How is this idea of houseless man consistent with what you have learned
about Jainism? 10 points
Reflection 4 on Sikh text (due 3/1)
Shri Guru Granth Sahib, Volume 1, Section 01, Jup, Part 001
Who is He? What does “By thinking, He cannot be reduced to thought” in light of who He is? Describe
at least one basic Sikh idea present in the text. 10 points
Reflection 5 on Buddhist text (due 3/8)
Dhammapada, The Awakened One (chapter 14)
What is it that the Awakened One has conquered? 10 points
Reflection 6 on Jewish text (due 3/29)
Tanakh, Exodus 20:1-14 (chapter 20 verses 1-14)
According to the text how is one to treat one’s neighbor? If you could divide these commandments
into categories what would those categories be? 10 points
Reflection 7 on Christian text (due 4/12)
The Holy Bible, Matthew 22:34-40 (chapter 22 verses 34-40)
What is the greatest commandment? How is this related to the Ten Commandments? What does
Jesus mean when he says “All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments”? You
may want to reread Exodus chapter 20. 10 points
Reflection 8 on Islamic text (due 4/26)
The Holy Qur'an, Surah Maryam, 16-36 (chapter 19, verses 16-36)
How does Surah 19 describe the birth of Jesus how is it different from Christianity’s description? You
may review the Christian versions (Matthew 1:18-24; Luke 1:57-2:7) 10 points
Reflection on the Mandala Project (due 4/19)
Mandalas have been used by Buddhists for centuries. They are used as ways of concentrating on
ideas. Each student will be given a mandala to color; along with the mandala a student will also be
given a verse from a Buddhist sacred text or words from a revered monk. While coloring each student
is to reflect on the verse or statement. The whole project is done in silence. The students do not talk
to anyone and when he or she is finished coloring, he or she is to continue to reflect on the verse or
statement. The student is to write a 500 word (2 pages) reflection. Students can write about the verse
and its meaning or they can write about the whole experience of being silent. The student may also
choose to write on something they were thinking about as they were coloring. It is worth 20 points.