(Answered) RELI 448N Week 3 Discussion: Buddhism

Required Resources
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?


“The third characteristic of reality, known as dukkha (Pali), or duhkha (Sanskrit), is usually translated as ‘suffering’ or ‘sorrow,’ but it also means ‘dissatisfaction’ or ‘dis-ease’.” (Molloy, 2013). Most people can’t get over the misleading English translation of “suffering,” and for that reason, many prefer not to translate but rather stick to the term itself (Teasdale & Chaskalson, 2011). It is difficult to find one word to embrace the whole concept of the term dukkha……..Please click the icon below to purchase full solution at $5