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Introduction, Session 11: Kindness in Nature

In "World of Wonder," a Tapestry of Faith program

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be measured by the way its animals are treated. — Mahatma Gandhi

This session highlights kindness and altruism in the web of life and encourages participants to act for the welfare of other living beings. Kindness as a central tenet of Buddhism is introduced in the central story, "The Noble Ibex," in which an ibex saves the life of a king who was hunting for sport. The children hear real life examples of animals acting to save the lives of other species and act out the stories out in role plays that foster empathy and kindness.

Note: If you have access to a computer with Internet access, you can incorporate the You Tube and video images of animal altruism suggested in Alternate Activity 1 as part of Activity 3, Animal Altruism Stories and Dramatic Role Plays.

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Last updated on Friday, May 17, 2013.

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