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In "Building Bridges," a Tapestry of Faith program
Participants learn about and discuss an important Buddhist tool to teach loving kindness.
Tell the group, in these words or your own:
The Dalai Lama, the spiritual head of the Buddhism, was identified at the age of two as the 14th reincarnation of Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion. At that age, he and his family went to live with monks so his preparation and instruction could begin. While still a small boy, he was introduced to the ancient Buddhist text Eight Verses for Training the Mind, written by Buddhist Master Langri Tangpa (1054-1123). This text has been part of his daily meditation since then.
Distribute Handout 1, Eight Verses for Training the Mind. Invite the youth to take a few minutes to read it to themselves.
Then, ask for initial observations. Prompt discussion of the handout with questions such as these:
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Last updated on Wednesday, October 26, 2011.
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