Desire

Buddhism and Bad Desires

Introduction

This activity helps students provide their own evidence for Buddha's argument against desire.

Motivation

The Buddha's argument against desiring is a tough pill to swallow: this exercise makes it a bit more plausible.

Logistics

It is best to begin this as a solo activity and then have students share their answer in their group.

Texts / Connections

Relevant texts:

The Dhammapada

Why I am not a Buddhist

Introduction

This activity asks students to evaluate the argument against Buddhism's stance on desire presented in a poem by Molly Peacocke.

Background Information

Motivation

This activity helps students to critically evaluate a central argument in early Buddhism as well as see that arguments can be presented in many different forms.

Logistics

This is best done as a group activity, but could easily be done as a solo or pair activity, or even transformed into an essay question or essay assignment.

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