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Share a Buddhist story about making an ethical decision.
Prepare for the story with a comment and a couple of questions:
The Bible and the word of God helped John Newton know what to do. Where else can we get help deciding what is right and what is wrong? What are some of the religious rules you know about right and wrong?
Offer ideas like these in the course of your discussion, if participants do not:
Family members, teachers, friends, and the law often help us know what is right and what is wrong. Many religious faiths have rules about what is right and what is wrong. We saw some of those when we talked about the seven deadly sins and the seven heavenly virtues. Another famous set of religious rules is the Ten Commandments, which we will explore more thoroughly in Session 11.
Point out the empty plate in your Conundrum Corner. Tell participants that it has to do with today's story. Read or tell the Buddhist Jataka tale retold in Story 1, "When No One Is Looking." Alternately, you might ask for one or more volunteers to read it.
Help the class understand that many faith groups use stories to help people decide how to act virtuously.
This is just such a story. But in the story, the student did not turn to a religious book like the Bible. Instead, she/he seemed to look inside for the answer. Would you agree that sometimes we just know what is right and what is wrong without someone or something telling us? Is that an example of conscience?
Lead a brief discussion of conscience, using these questions as needed:
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Last updated on Wednesday, October 26, 2011.
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