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In "Building Bridges," a Tapestry of Faith program
Participants hear and discuss the life of Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha, founder of Buddhism.
Tell or read the story, displaying Leader Resource 2, Images of the Buddha, as you speak.
Ask participants for their initial reactions. Prompt further discussion with questions such as these:
Say, in these words or your own:
It might look as if people in Buddhist temples are worshipping the Buddha, but they are not. They do honor the Buddha for his teachings, which can help anyone reach enlightenment. In this way, he is similar to other prophets. However, the Buddha did not claim that God spoke through him. He was a human, like you and me. Though he may have reached the divine state of nirvana, you and I are just as capable of reaching that state as he.
Make sure that all participants have had a chance to see Leader Resource 2, Images of the Buddha. Say, in these words or your own:
It is interesting that images of the Buddha differ by culture. For example, the so-called "Happy Buddha" is unique to Chinese culture; it is only one of many representations. Do you think these images say something about the cultures that created them? Do you like one of these images best, and if so, why? Do any of you have your own image of the Buddha? Does it resemble any one of these?
Thank the youth for their participation. Have volunteers tape up the Buddha images from Leader Resource 2 in the meeting space.
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Last updated on Tuesday, November 26, 2013.
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