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RELS 312926007906Religious Studies Journal8/24: 1.The author’s main argument is to use contemplative practices and values in our everyday lives, even though most people might be frightful. The author went into defining contemplative values and the pros of it. 2. The author supports his argument through the advantages contemplative practices have had in the different fields. He talks about how the new “leaders” have changed and use these contemplative practices and values. 3. “During this same period of time, we have become increasingly dependent on technology” (Bush 13).4. I wat to know how the author talks about everyone being stressed and we are all for it as a society. I guess my question is, how can you back that up?8/261.I believe Zengotita is trying to raise awareness in this book, so people can change their habits. He says we live everyday the same, and finally one day we wake up and decide to enter the world of adulthood. He tries to say that we should be more aware and try to change our lives from the usual that is meant to be for us. Now days we take things for granted and just never slow down.2. The author supports this argument by saying how people have been so used to the automated bank messages, instead of going to an actual atm. Also, when he brings up his college roommate, the author talks about how he lived his life like everyone else until an encounter with his roommate when he asked him to go out for a few beers.3. “During those accidental and transitional moments, we actually the feeling of the real we were frantically pursuing when we were busy” (Zengotita 190).4. As I know the author is just trying to raise awareness through the text, but is being busy really all that bad?/8/301. The author is arguing the concept on consciousness and how society’s view of it has been formed by the many famous idealists, philosophers, and many others who studied this subject. He also tries to show the problems concerning life and consciousness. The author argues why it is so hard to get people away from the thinking of what consciousness is to be because of the many people before him. The author also tries to show the different vies of it seen by people. 2. This is all backed up by what these famous scholars had done. Such as when the author brings up Darwin and talks about how he played a big part in the mind-matter debate. He then bringsup every person who has contributed to the “mainstream” view of what consciousness should be.3. “Paradigmatic examples of consciousness are the perpetual states of seeing and hearing” (Page 1).4. I just want to know why it took all the way t the 20th century for everyone to really think about consciousness.9/21. I think the author here talks about the relationship between the “attention and the will.” They believe that even though scientific and “medical instruments” have occurred to enhance our senses, but no advancements have happened concerning this. The author also talks about contemplative practices as a way of fixing this problem. 2. The author uses modern neuroscientists studies of how long you can keep your attention without any extra help such as medications. He then talks about how the Hindus and Buddhists keep their attention with contemplative practices, but then counteracts it by saying how the Christians believe they can’t.3. “That consciousness cannot apprehend itself” (Wallace 108).4. What is seen as the natural state of the mind?9/71. The article talks about how in many Indian traditions “the mind is neither a a brain structure nor a mechanism for treating information.” It talks about the materialistic side versus the spiritual side. It also talks about the mind being dualistic.2. The author argues all this by saying the mind and self are not the same thing. It says the self does not to be aware of what is happening to be involved, while the mind does need to be aware to be purposeful.3. The quote that stuck with me the most was when the author writes “the intellect ‘s reflecting the self and taking on the form of an object are not, however, sufficient to fully determine experience.”4. My only question is when our mind is not are and we are still functioning, what does that say about the mind?9/91. The author talks about the tradition started by Dharmakirti. This argues the concept of thinking that has a big concern on knowing the “nature of the knowledge.” 2. The author supports his arguments by talking about nyaya, which says that “knowledge is a quality of the self,” which says that you have to be conscious about something to really know what is happening. Also saying that cognition plays a part in all of this too.3. The quote that stuck with me is that “awareness taken on the form of an object and reveals that form by assuming it.”4. My only question from this text would be about how the author says that we are not fully aware of our experiences, but we do keep track of them, I want to ask how?9/211. The article tries to explain if Buddhism can bring the happiness, when it talks about enlightenment.2. The author first talks about the different kind of happiness. Then, he goes on about the different types of Buddhists. H goes into the different types of Buddhist practices. Then he evidently says that he believes not suffering is not happiness.3. The quote I want to talk about in class is “whether a person who is happy and thus by everyone’slights has a set of positive feelings toward herself and her life necessarily satisfies the ordinary language standards.” (Flanagan 32).4. My question is, is happiness based on what you feel or other’s perception of it?9/301. The author in this relates consciousness to education and learning, and talks about the different ways someone can experience consciousness: presence, clarity, detachment, and resilience. Hartalso talks about different contemplative practice useful in education.2. The author talks about how someone’s state of mind could be the difficulty for them, and the attention they put toward something. He then talks about being mindfulness and it being a helpful habit in everything we as people can do. Lastly, the author says how contemplative practice can be a stress reducer and can help a lot in education. 3. The quote I want to talk about when the author says that “stress is implicated in the top six causes of death” (Hart 245).4. My question is should we teach meditation in school at a early


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