Long version – includes delicious dinner cooked by Eddie! Join us for a Buddhist game of snakes and ladders where you can become enlightened before dinner! We experience the vagaries of karma and rebirth in all its messy and terrifying glory. This game contains all the teachings of the Buddhist path, and is a powerful way to integrate the teachings, gaining a deep appreciation of our present life.
The game was made by a monk for his sick mother when she was too sick to study the Dharma. The odds have been karmicly worked out as to which rebirth we move to. Our next rebirth rests on the throw of a dice. We travel through the various realms, circling through hells, animals, and humans, until a very genuine sense of renunciation arises to be liberated from this round of existence. The top row of the board illustrates the Buddha’s life story (the shortest path to Buddhahood is by throwing 11 ones in a row).
This log-version event takes quite a while – all afternoon and into the evening! We play as a group, and can only go home once somebody becomes enlightened. Each game has its own unique group ‘karma’ and flavour. Some people go straight onto the Buddhist path and reach enlightenment in a very short time, while others spend hours circling in the lower realms. In the process we not only learn about the nature of cyclic existence, but we learn about each other and develop a strong sense of community within the group. We have dinner in the middle to fortify us, and many yummy snacks to sustain us along the way!