A Secular Buddhism by Stephen Batchelor

Summarize an argument for “secular buddhism” and provide two arguments against Batchelor’s Thesis based on your analysis and then provide two arguments of your own (not found in Batchelor) in support of Batchelor’s thesis and then finally summarize your point of view for or against Batchelor and say why. (NO outside research necessary, just the cite the Batchelor article). The article is attached below as well as rubric.
Format:
–Five pages minimum, no penalty for writing more
–Be sure to number your pages
–Check grammar and spelling
–1-inch margins top, bottom, left and right
–Double spaced
–Times New Roman font, 12-point
–Use simplified parenthetical citation. For example, (Vedas, 34) or (Upanishads, 23) or (Nattier,
21) or (Murphy, 11), (Gethin, 342), etc. No need for a bibliography or references section. Just
use the course readings, no external sources/research is necessary or allowed for this
assignment.

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Writer’s Choice

In an essay of 250 – 350  words describe the closest experience  you have had to what the readings describe as “religious” or “unobjective.”  This need not necessarily involve “God,” but should reflect some of the characteristics of such an experience as described in the readings.  Be sure to draw analogies between your experience and what the authors of the readings describe. You must use two direct references to two different readings (or viewings) for the Module (with in-text citations and footnotes in proper MLA form).   
REQUIRED: MLA FORMATTING INCLUSIVE OF IN-TEXT CITATIONS AND WORKS CITED
Sources:
https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/religious-experience/
In the Presence of Mystery (Chapter 2)

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Islamist Views

Read Chapt. 2 of the Phares book.
Books used Phares, Walid (2005) Future Jihad, Terrorist Strategies Against the West, Palgrave, Macmillan and Aaron, David (2008) In Their Own Words, Voices of Jihad, Rand: Santa Monica, California

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Skim through the three links below to gain some background information on the ta

Skim through the three links below to gain some background information on the taboo of drawing or depicting the Prophet Muhammad, the incident of a “draw Muhammad cartoon contest” in Texas, and the new Free Speech law in Arizona which passed last year. Then answer the question prompts fully by choosing a position and defending it thoughtfully and tactfully. Remember – this is a contentious topic and you are to be respectful. You may also choose to play “devil’s advocate” by trying to defend a position with which you don’t actually personally agree. Taboo and Restrictions on Depicting the Prophet Muhammad: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Depictions_of_Muhammad -Begin thinking about why subsequent generations were uncomfortable depicting Muhammad, in contrast to other religious figures in the Abrahamic line, such as Moses or Jesus Free Speech and Depicting the Prophet in America and Europe: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curtis_Culwell_Center_attack -Begin thinking about the legal protections of free speech and expression in contrast to the religious sensibilities of Muslims and the violence that can be caused when people are religiously offended Arizona’s law protecting Free Speech and Expression on University Campuses: https://www.statepress.com/article/2018/09/sppolitics-abor-releases-mandatory-report-regarding-free-expression -Begin thinking about the benefits and consequences of this law on our own campus at ASU Question prompts: Let’s say hypothetically that there is an ASU student group called “Students for First Amendment” or SFA who want to bring the organizers of the Texas “Draw Muhammad” contest, Pamela Geller and the AFDI to ASU. They apply to the University to get the space so that they can begin publicizing the event under the new Arizona free speech law and its guidelines. A local Islamic group hears about the event and demands that ASU reject the application. If you are the President of the University, what would you do: Position 1) Hold the event, in support of free speech, even though it might mean demonstrations and security threats. Position 2) Censor the event, in support of religious sensitivities, even though it might mean a lawsuit from the “Students for First Amendment” (SFA) Explain your position thoroughly, including your reasoning and the impact on both groups and the larger ASU and Arizona community. Don’t forget to illustrate your familiarity with the chapter, and consider how the general idea of pluralism plays into this issue.

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part 1: Share something you found interesting, curious, or unusual about the con

part 1: Share something you found interesting, curious, or unusual about the content (file attached) Part 2: After I receive what you shared, I will attach a file that has what other peers shared. make two responses Aim for about 150 words for your introduction and about 100 words (total) as responses to other students.

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For this research paper, you must write a cohesive essay that’s 6-7 pages long (

For this research paper, you must write a cohesive essay that’s 6-7 pages long (double-spaced, regular fonts and margins). Compare and contrast two specific religions from two different families (to be clear, this means you should NOT be comparing, say, Christianity and Islam, or Buddhism and Hinduism): • An Indigenous religion (choose a specific tradition from somewhere in the world) • Confucianism OR Daoism • Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, OR Jainism • Judaism, Christianity, OR Islam on ONE of the following topics: • Nature of the Divine or Ultimate Reality • The creation, or origin, of the world • The end of the world • Death, dying, and/or the afterlife • Human nature • Miracles • Food • Architecture • Sex • Suffering • War and violence • Salvation/Liberation • Holy sites • The purpose of prayer • The status of women and/or LGBTQ+ people • Environmental issues • Divine possession, or the divine in human form • …Or choose your own topic to compare the two traditions (run it by me first) STRUCTURE • title page • introduction (approx. half a page), including a thesis statement • outline of how the topic is understood/explained within the first tradition (approx. 1-1.5 pages)  cite appropriate source(s) in support • outline of how the topic is understood/explained within the second tradition (approx. 1-1.5 pages)  cite appropriate source(s) in support • analysis of the main points of comparison, either similarity or contrast, between the traditions with regard to the topic (approx. 1.5-2 pages)  again, you can cite a source if relevant here, but this analysis should primarily be your own • conclusion (approx. half a page) • bibliography/works cited Note that the thesis statement is in bold, but it needs to be contextualized by the statements before. You should also include some idea of the direction of the paper (what you will do) after your thesis. For the comparative analysis, you will need to identify the main points of interest within your chosen topic – both similarities and/or differences – between the religious groups, using examples to help. Try to avoid stating the obvious here; the more subtle and/or deep your analysis, the better. The conclusion is essentially a re-stating of your thesis, plus perhaps offering some ‘food for thought’ for future analysis. you must find at least two ACADEMIC sources.

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Resources Adams, Jay E. (1970). Competent to counsel: Introduction to Nouthetic

Resources
Adams, Jay E. (1970). Competent to counsel: Introduction to Nouthetic Counseling. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
Adams, Jay E. (1986). How to help people change: The four-step biblical process. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan
Powlison, David. (2010). The Biblical counseling movement: History and context. Greensborough, NC: New Growth Press

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For SWA13 I’d like you to try TWO of the Buddhist practices listed below and w

For SWA13 I’d like you to try TWO of the Buddhist practices listed below and write about your experience with them. Note that none of these practices are necessarily religious in nature, so I am not asking you to practice Buddhism. All of these practices can be strictly non-religious or can be incorporated into other religions.
How this works: choose two of the below practices associated with Buddhism. For the next three days, spend 15 minutes each day on each practice (30 minutes total). You should start these three days no later than Saturday because the write-up for this SWA is due on Tuesd.ay
1. Mindfulness: being fully present in the moment. If you choose mindfulness, google to find some articles on ways to practice it. You will want to spend 15 minutes dwelling on what you are currently doing (taking a walk, washing the dishes, eating a meal, etc.) and focusing on what you are experiencing (your five senses, your emotions, etc.) and avoiding multi-tasking or allowing your mind to wander to think about other things besides the immediate present.
2. Meditation: there are many ways to meditate. You can find guided YouTube videos, download a meditation app, or try it on your own with a timer. You can focus on your breathing, choose a mantra, or focus on an image in your mind. Find a form of meditation that appeals to you and practice for 15 minutes a day.
3. Acts of compassion: in the spirit of the bodhisattva and the Buddha, you can try doing compassionate things for others for 15 minutes a day. Call your grandmother. Write a letter or card and mail to someone who is lonely. Help your mom or dad or siblings with a task you wouldn’t otherwise do. Let someone who is going through a rough time right now vent to you without feeling the need to try to fix their problems or talk about your own. Spend 15 minutes on social media just leaving encouraging comments on people’s posts. These are just a few ideas–pick something that requires a bit of self-sacrifice that helps someone else.
At the end of the three days, write a paragraph on each of the practices you chose: What did you do, and how did you do it? What was the experience like? Was it difficult, easy, frustrating, peaceful, etc.? How so? Did it help you cope with anxiety or fear or dissatisfaction? Did it bring you any peace or comfort? Do you think this is something you’d consider continuing in the future?

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Converting to another religion How would your life change if you converted to on

Converting to another religion
How would your life change if you converted to one of the major religions?
CHOOSE ONE of the following world religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Judaism or Islam.
Include the following sections:
– Where would you find a community of other adherents of that religion?
– Where would you worship?
– What would your prayer/rituals/worship look like?
– How would your life change?
– Would you face discrimination (unjust or prejudicial treatment)?
800-1000 words, times new roman, double spaced pleased!
Works cited page if you use any online sources to help your essay!

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Write a response to the documentary about Sikhs in America (approximately 300 wo

Write a response to the documentary about Sikhs in America (approximately 300 words or more). The angle/topic is up to you, but here is one idea: Expand on an issue brought up in the documentary through (1) your own insights and experiences; (2) ideas in literature and/or film; (3) academic studies of migration/immigration; (4) patterns common in other immigrant communities. Please use at least one direct quotation in your response from your required reading (Second Generation South Asian Identity in Canada). Depending on what exactly you write about, you might have to refer to more materials, such as those in your optional reading.

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