Story of ancient Israel originating from him, Genesis 12, god says to him:
Leave from where you are and leave your family to Israel, which I will show you. I will make it a great nation, bless you, your name will be great, I will bless those who bless you, those who curse you I will curse, through you all the families will be blessed.
Moral problems in this story: God commands Abraham to sacrifice his son, Issac, as his way of testing Abraham's faith. The paradox presented to Abraham is the important thing. He had to choose between his two loves: God and Son. His
love of God took his priority over morality.
Great prophet of Buddhism
Schism- began search with religious tradition of hinduism and his teaching evolved into a separate religion.
When young, sheltered from life's troubling aspects >> experiences old age, disease, and death>> met someone who gave up the world for a world where old age, disease, and death are unknown>> strict rules of fasting for six years in order to achieve self-denial: single sesame seed to eat at meal times>> not the key to awareness: four noble truths is>> gives his life to giving wisdom to those seeking the truth
Mystical sacred appearance being conscious in the union with the sacred. Having great skills in meditation put himself in trance. Thinks about truth of all things and ultimate goal of existence. Sees all his former lives and sees through the ordinary, historical existence of human beings and understands that it is ultimately not real. Greedy, hatred, and delusions cause people to be blind from birth. Ignorance >> old age and death. Stopping the ignorance>> birth, old age, death, and all kinds of ill. Teaches humanity the way to achieve Nirvana- " the stopping of birth, old age, death, and all kinds of ill"