(Solution) RELI448 Week 3 Discussion: Buddhism

Required Resources
Read/review the following resources for this activity:

  • Textbook: Chapter 4
  • Lesson
  • Minimum of 1 scholarly source (in addition to the textbook/lesson)

Initial Post Instructions
For the initial post, respond to only one of the following options:

Option 1
For this option, address the following:

  1. Define Theravada and Mahayana forms of Buddhism.
  2. Describe the Arhat and the Bodhisattva and explain how each achieves the goal of nirvana.
  3. Examine how each ideal relates to one or more of the following key concepts/teachings: Four Noble Truths, Three marks of reality, Noble Eightfold Path.
  4. Explain which of these ideals you believe best expresses healthcare ideals.

Option 2
For this option, address the following:

  1. Explain the Buddhist understanding of dukkha.
  2. Why do many scholars feel that “suffering” may be a misleading translation of the word dukkha? What might be a better translation?
  3. What did the Buddha offer as a way to overcome dukkha and how does it explain his understanding?
  4. In what ways does the Buddhist notion of dukkha challenge or affirm Western medical practice?

Follow-Up Post Instructions
Respond to at least two peers or one peer and the instructor. Respond to a peer who chose an option different from the one you chose. Further the dialogue by providing more information and clarification.

Writing Requirements

  • Minimum of 3 posts (1 initial & 2 follow-up)
  • Initial Post Length: 300-500 words
  • Minimum of 2 sources cited (assigned readings/online lessons and one outside scholarly source)
  • APA format for in-text citations (include page or paragraph) and references


I selected the first option. There are two chief schools of Buddhism. These are Theravada and Mahayana. The different forms of Buddhism that are currently in existence can best be understood by gaining in-depth knowledge of these two schools. Theravada refers to the teachings/ways of the elders in the Buddhist nations (Molloy, 2020). In this school, Buddha asked all Buddhists to abstain from all forms of evil, and strive to accumulate everything that is good and honorable besides purifying their minds. Mahayana, on the other hand, is the school of Buddhism that teaches Buddhists that they can attain salvation by trusting and having faith in the absolute saving strength of Amitabha…Please click the icon below to purchase the full answer at only $5