REL2300 Buddhism discussion post

Explore what it means to be a member of the sangha. What is the typical day for a Buddhist monk or nun? What types of activities are common to their way of life? Are there any specific tools they use in their religious practices? If so, what function do they serve? Are there different levels of participants within a Buddhist monastic community? You can also explore how one becomes a monk or nun, and the level of commitment required. Keep in mind that there are different expressions of the sangha based on denomination and/or geographical location, so be sure to identify the community of the Buddhist monastic that you are presenting. Along these lines, you can also choose to compare and contrast the various group’s practices. Just be sure to clearly identify the groups you are addressing. You don’t have to address all of this, these are just some topics to consider as you explore the sangha.

Before writing on this topic, you should research the sangha and Buddhist monastic practices. This is because you are required to do research in association with each of the discussion topics so that you can provide well-informed opinions. Ensure that you provide original writing (do not copy the words of your sources) and that the citations are in proper MLA (Modern Language Association) citation format:

Grading Parameters (30 points total): See: A Sample Discussion Post, Frequently Asked Questions, and the Discussion Grading Rubric.

  • Initial Post (5 points) – Provide a new threaded post addressing all questions posed in at least 200 words by the posted deadline:
  • Research (5 points) – Consult at least 2 academic research sources related to the topic and provide a bibliography of these sources in MLA (Modern Language Association) citation format. This list should be within the initial post.
  • Meaningful Participation (10 points) – Provide multiple meaningful conversations with others. Within your own thread, this means answering questions that are posed and/or providing clarification as needed. Within the threaded posts of at least one other person, provide a reply that fosters discussion. Maintain these conversations during the discussion time period as appropriate.
  • Writing Skills (10 points) – Demonstrate original writing and academic writing.

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