Lesson 1 (from "Foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama")
In this chapter the Dalai Lama gives his view on death.
The aim of this lesson is to examine the Dalai Lama's views on death.
1) Class discussion. What are the Dalai Lama's views on death? How do they relate to Buddhism? Do the students think these views are realistic? How different is the Dalai Lama's ideas on death to the western ideas on death? Do the students think there are parts of western society that practices Lama's views? How do the students think they would react if a loved one died?
2) Write two monologues: One examining how the students think the Dalai Lama would react if a loved one died, and the other one examining how a Christian would react if a loved one died.
3) Ask the students to answer the following questions in essay format. What is a karmic state of mind? How can...
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