Over the course of the semester, we have read several biographies of ideal Buddhist practitioners, whether they be monks, nuns, pious laypeople, travelers on the path to liberation, or bodhisattvas striving for Buddhahood. Please choose TWO from the list below and compare and contrast these characters in light of their respective spiritual paths and attainments.
Here are a few questions you might ask yourself/address:
What special teachings does this person follow and what spiritual practices does he or she engage in? How does it help?
What types of other beings does this person interact with while on the spiritual path?
In what ways is his or her life parallel to and/or different from the paradigm of the Buddhas enlightenment path?
What happens when he or she reaches the goal?
Does he/she have disciples or does he/she have an impact other practitioners? If so, how?
How is this person remembered by the tradition?
Jataka tales of the Buddha
Monks and Nuns of the Early Buddhist tradition (Therigata/Theragata poetry)
Phra Acharn Mun
Pure Land practitioners in Stevensons Deathbed Testimonials