[Answered] RELI-448N Week 3 Discussion: Buddhism

Read/review the following resources for this activity:

  • Textbook: Chapter 4
  • Lesson
  • Minimum of 1 scholarly source

Initial Post Instructions
For the initial post, respond to one of the following options:

  1. Define Theravada and Mahayana. Describe the Arhat and the Bodhisattva. Explain how each achieves the goal of nirvana. Examine how they relate to some of the key concepts/teachings (e.g., the Four Noble Truths, the three marks of reality).
  2. Many scholars feel that “suffering” may be a misleading translation of the word dukkha. Why might the term suffering be misleading? What might be a better translation? What was the Buddha trying to explain in his commentary on dukkha?


Theravada is the more conservative tradition of the two (the other one being Mahayana). It has three collections and the first one outlines the procedural rules that one should follow to live a monastic life. The rules comprise of things like eating, begging, relations when one is dealing with monks and nonmonks as well as other disciplines. The second collection is made up of sayings of Buddha that are written in form of dialogues or sermons. The third collection comprises of works that go beyond elementary teachings. On the other hand, Mahayana puts more emphases on everyone, not just monks, for them to achieve nirvana….please click the purchase button below to access the entire solution at $5