Review Questions For The Thurman Video

1. Watch the entire video and write a reflection of at least one page in length on the following question:

Robert A. F. Thurman was one of the first Westerners to be ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist monk by the Dalai Lama. How does Thurman view the relationship of Buddhist compassion to the Buddhist notions of suffering and of the self? What do you think of Thurman’s claim that the internet and global media acutally present us with an opportunity to bring about greater compassion because they help to make the sufferings of others more present in our lives? How does he relate joy to compassion in this sense? Supposing that Thurman is right in all this, what do you make of your author’s claim that Buddhism presents a “complicated and bleak” outlook on life?

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