A game with a difference, sharing our study and experiences on the path to enlightenment. Connect with fellow students, enjoy insights and laughter!
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A board game with a difference – invented right here at LTC – and a highly enjoyable way to integrate your Buddhist study and connect deeply with your fellow students. We share stories of our own experiences, successes, and challenges 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! Unlike Monopoly, this game encourages you to become a fully enlightened buddha, not a real-estate mogul!
Participants try to collect unique Buddhist cards and qualities to help us progress along the path. The deck is made up of 108 cards detailing the Six Perfections, 11 positive mental factors, 6 root delusions and 20 secondary afflictions, the Four Immeasurables, and other wild cards such as ‘bodhicitta’ and ‘guru devotion’.
This game forms part of our Discovering Buddhism assessment. Rather than public exams or debates, we try to encourage a non-confrontational way to integrate lived experience and Dharma study.
We play in small groups, sometimes as pairs so we can help each other. We play at a leisurely and enjoyable pace, and aim to collect positive cards and discard negative ones as ‘true cessations’. There are also various instruction cards to pick up, asking for examples from your own life or from the news. There is a booklet cheat-sheet with all the cards for your fellows players to give you hints and help.