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Instructor Notes

Instructor’s Notes and Outline

Learning Outcomes

Six things Bardo game teaches:

1. Anatta (the no-soul doctrine)

2. How we reincarnate even if there is no permanent soul

3. Non-attachment

4. Ahimsa (vegetarianism)

5. Karma

6. The contents and structure of the Tibetan Book of the
Dead

4. How We Prepare to Play

Preliminary Reading:

http://www.near-death.com/experiences/buddhism01.html

http://personal.carthage.edu/jlochtefeld/buddhism/wheeloflife/sixre…

http://www.enlightennext.org/magazine/j22/thurman.asp

Group discussions about the reading. All I do is solicit impressions and questions.

Individual Assignment: Preliminary Questions for Bardo Game

Buddhism argues against the idea that there is a permanent soul, and yet it says we are reincarnated. How do you suppose this works?

What does non-attachment mean to you?

5. Play

6. Post-play analysis

Short answer questions

Your answers should be thorough and thoughtful. Minimum 100 words per question.

Stage one (Chikhai Bardo)

What did you think about when you were in the first place – the place of white light? What was in your mind? What did you think
about when you went to the black place?

Stage two (Chonyid Bardo)

What did you think about when you were in the peaceful garden? What were your impressions? What happened when the peaceful
garden became a place of wrath, and the demons began harassing you? What did you think about then?

Stage three

What did it feel like when the peaceful garden became a wrathful place? Describe the transformation.

Stage four

Provide a detailed description of everything that happened after the peaceful garden became fiery and the demons appeared. Focus in particular on the feelings you had, the places you went, and the decisions you made.

Conclusion

If you could play the game again, what would you do differently?

Part Three

Essay question (300-500 words, or longer is okay):

What did you learn about reincarnation and non-attachment from playing this game? Please write new answers to the
preliminary questions, adding what you learned from experiencing the Bardo in Second Life.

For more information on Instructor’s Notes please email Beth Davies at beth.davies@frontrange.edu