A board game with a difference – invented right here at LTC! This is a highly enjoyable way to integrate your Buddhist study, and connect deeply with your fellow students on a Dharma level. We share stories of our own experiences, successes and failures along the Dharma path. Playing this game produces as much laughter and merriment as it does thought and concentration!
Loosely based on Monopoly, this Buddhist game is played with unique lam rim cards that demonstrate how we can overcome negative mental factors, and how tenacious we have to be to develop our positive qualities! We collect unique Buddhist cards and qualities to help us progress along the path. Unlike Monopoly, this game encourages you to become a fully enlightened buddha, not a real-estate mogul! The deck is made up of 108 cards detailing the 6 Perfections, 11 positive mental factors, 6 root delusions and 20 secondary afflictions, the 4 Immeasurables, and other wild cards such as ‘bodhicitta’ and ‘guru devotion’. There are also various instruction cards to pick up, asking for examples from the news or your own life that illustrate these mental factors.
We play in small groups, divided into pairs so we can help each other. There is a booklet cheat-sheet with all the cards and their characteristics to help with the questions. The aim of the game, for the easy level of play, is to collect all positive cards and discards all negative cards. The more challenging level of play is to collect an entire set of set of positive qualities, and discard all negativities as ‘true cessations’.
The original idea for the game was inspired by Geshe Jamyang’s teachings in 2010. The board and the cards were invented (and produced by hand right here at LTC!) by Miffi Maxmillion. It had its world premier on Losar 2011, Tibetan New year. It is now used by other FPMT centres in Australia, and we offered a copy to Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Bendigo in April 2011.