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Persona of an Eastern Philosopher

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Write an informative letter in the persona of an Eastern philosopher to one of his pupils. In the letter, describe your chosen philosopher's viewpoints concerning one of his philosophies. If needed, cite secondary sources according to APA guidelines to help you. Please use citations.

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One way to help you with an interesting assignment like this one is to provide an illustrative example, which you can use as a starting point for writing your own letter. This is the approach this response takes.

RESPONSE:

ILLUSTRATIVE EXAMPLE:

My dear student,

It is important to be an active learner. Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. Do not believe anything because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything because it is written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and the benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it (The Essence Buddha's Teaching).

I believe that by following the Noble Eightfold Path, you, as a follower, can pursue this path of higher education. It is also the path to pursue personal happiness in a pleasing manner. This is a lesson in moderation. If you walk too far to one side or the other, you will not reach enlightenment and your ultimate goal. You need to balance right understanding, right thought, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindedness, and right concentration to find your way (Moore & Bruder, 2005). Meditation is important and a pillar of a mountain. Teachings of the world are the illusions of magicians (The Essence Buddha's Teaching), so this lesson will help you in your journey.

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This solution provides assistance in writing an informative letter in the persona of an Eastern philosopher to one of his pupils. In the letter, it describes your chosen philosopher's viewpoints concerning one of his philosophies. References in APA format.

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