Instructions: Use relevant readings/sources. Any additional sources should be re

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Instructions: Use relevant readings/sources. Any additional sources should be reliable academic sources (journal articles, book chapters, books, etc.). Most internet websites do not count as reliable academic material. Be careful to cite all the sources properly. You can use any citation style, as long as you use the same one throughout. Make sure to add a short bibliography at the end of each answer. The bibliography does not count toward the required length.
1. Discuss in what ways Śiva may be considered a deity with an ambivalent character and one in whom opposites are united.
Required length: 200 words
2. Select one of the Hindu goddesses and describe her.
Required length: 200 words
3. Explain the haṭha-yoga method of attaining supernatural powers and liberation.
Required length: 300 words
4. Explain the significance of the establishment of laṅgar, a common dining place for all, in Sikhism and compare it to at least one other method or effort of transcending one’s social status/caste that we discussed in the context of other Indian religious traditions. Note that this question has two parts. Please answer both of them.
Required length: 250 words
5. This question has two parts. Please answer both of them. (I) Describe how Confucius understood the two central virtues for perfecting human conduct (ritual and benevolence). (II) Explain in what ways Mencius’s and Xunzi’s understandings of human nature and the attainment of goodness differ?
Required length: 300 words
6. Explain the Daoist concepts of the Dao and wu-wei (non-action/effortless action).
Required length: 250 words
7. What is the meaning of kami in Shinto? Describe at least two examples that represent a kami.
Required length: 200 words
8. Describe the main differences between Rinzai Zen and Soto Zen.
Required length: 200 words

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