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UT EDP 363-3 - EDP Early Religions Part 2

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EDP 363 1st Edition Lecture 6 Outline of Last Lecture I. Thought Paper ReviewII. Test MaterialIII. Commonalities among the Oldest ReligionsIV. Goddesses of Agriculture V. AthenaVI. Zeus and LedaVII. NavajoVIII. HinduismOutline of Current Lecture I. Review on Tantric YogaII. BuddhismIII. Note on religionIV. Lau TsuV. Judaism Current LectureI. Review on Tantric Yogaa. The idea is to take the experience and feelings that occur during an orgasm and try to extend them beyond the orgasm itselfb. The 4 Parts of the Tantric Yoga Orgasmi. Have no thoughts1. opens your mind to Nirvana (the great nothing/the great silence)2. mind has a small seizure and can’t create thoughtsii. Pure pleasure that overrides painiii. Wish no one harm iv. (Male ejaculation is) symbolic of creationII. Buddhisma. Buddha tried to figure out what the truth of the world is. He tried various kinds of yoga to reach Nirvana but none of them worked. He went on to vow to sit under a treat and meditate until he becomes enlightened.b. Random note: we don’t know what actually happened cause none of the following wrote anything down:i. Buddha, Socrates, Plato, Jesusc. 4 Noble TruthsThese notes represent a detailed interpretation of the professor’s lecture. GradeBuddy is best used as a supplement to your own notes, not as a substitute.i. 1) All life is sufferingii. 2) The cause of this suffering is selfish desire1. We identify ourselves with our bodies, which will eventually dieiii. 3) The way to end suffering is to end selfish longingiv. 4) The way to end selfish longing is to follow the 8th Fold Path (ways of trying to be less egocentric)d. Buddha’s teaching: don’t get involved in sexual relationships because they will frustrate youi. The second greatest of all longings the longing for sexual desire (the first greatest is the longing to breath)ii. Buddha trained himself not to focus on sexual desires and noticed that lust makes you want to control your partner (which leads to frustration)iii. *Buddha has learned how to end selfish longing, which is why he is able to live in such a calm statee. Buddha had a very democratic stance - he didn’t care if people followed himi. “This is what works for me, try it if you want to”f. No god in Buddhismi. Buddha didn’t want Buddhism to be turned into a religion and he didn’t want to be turned into a god, but as soon as he died his followers did just that III. Note on religiona. Different religions have different views on sexb. A religion is simply something that binds/brings people togetherIV. Lau Tsu (500 B.C.?) - Taoisma. This view was more similar to Hinduism than Buddhismb. Philosophy written in Te Tao (Dao) Ching (the second most translated book in the world, following the Bible)c. Can’t define the Dao. You can only know what it is by…i. Meditationii. Opening the mindiii. Observing natured1. It is observed natured that sex is everywhere (sex is a part of life)d. The Dao symbol (yin and yang) i. The white side represents the sunny side of the hill (masculine energy)ii. The dark side represents the shadowed side of the hill (feminine energy)iii. *The Dao is a mixture of both masculine and feminine energyiv. The goal is to understand and live life in accordance withthe Dao. 1. If you live in the Dao you don’t need to be taughthow to act and behave. 2. Society needs laws and regulations for those whodon’t live in the Dao.V. Judaisma. One god that is sizably male. This god is the same god as the Christian god and the Muslim god. b. The Story of Adam and Eve (an example of how we use the bible to examine the psychology of human behavior)i. God called upon Adam, who was hiding because he was naked. God askedAdam how he knew that he was naked, had he eaten from the tree of knowledge (which he had been forbidden to eat from)? Adam blamed Eve(and subsequently god for putting her on Earth) for giving him the apple. Even blamed the serpent for tricking her. God punished the serpent by making it craw on its belly (as well as giving it the death penalty).ii. Eve was punished in 3 ways1. Giving birth shall be a painful experience2. She shall have the urge for her husband, who shall be her master3. Death penaltyiii. Adam was punished for listening to his wife (eating the fruit) instead of listening to God (who forbade him to eat the fruit)1. Have to work for his food (work for a living)2. Death penaltyc. This god has every feeling humans have (anger, love, jealousy  seen in the 2nd commandment), except he doesn’t have sexual feelings (doesn’t experience lust)i. This is where there is separation between spirituality and sexualityd. *When the bible was written, women were thought to be more sensuous and sexual than meni. 1st story of rape in the bible were of women rapig men1. God punished the people of Sodom and Gomorrah for their wicked ways by destroying the city. Lot, his wife and his two daughters were saved for he was seen as a righteous man.2. God asked them one thing: don’t look backa. Lot’s wife looked back and was turned into a pillar of salt3. Lot’s daughters got their father drunk and raped him ii. 2nd story: a false accusation of rape: Joseph1. Joseph was a great person and consequently his father’s favorite. His brothers got jealous of Joseph’s perfection and sold him as a slave to Egypt. Once in Egypt, Joseph’s perfection made him stand out and he was chosen to be Potiphar’s household slave. Potiphar’s wife fell in love with Joseph and tried to lure him, and he turned her down. She then threatened to claim he raped her if he doesn’t have sex with her and he still said no (because he is a god-fearing man). Potiphar’s wife than tore her clothes off, yelled rape and had the guards arrest Joseph and throw him in jaila. Random note: the oldest siblings are the most driven to succeed. Most grad students are oldest


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