Tibet Final Exam Outlines

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Tibet Final Exam Question Outlines 1. Intelligent Political Action . Write a letter to President George W. Bush advising him on an appropriate policy toward Tibet. In the course of your letter, review the role of the US toward Tibet and China (with regard to Tibet) and ground your advice in historical fact. You must give cogent arguments for your advice and be politically realistic about your suggestions. Optional activity: You can e-mail your message to Bush at president@whitehouse.gov . You can also modify it and send it to vice-president Channey at vice.president@whitehouse.gov . 1. Background – Why he should care 1. Chinese invasion and injustices 2. China : Tibet :: America : Native Americans 2. Realistic 1. Can’t recognize Tibet completely 2. China as world power and trade partner (3 rd largest of the US) 3. Policies 1. Thanks for honoring the DL 2. Continue to raise Tibet in world discussions and publically criticize China for human rights violations 3. Provide federal aid for Tibetans in the US 4. Demand prisoners who have not been formally charged to be released from prison 5. Add Tibetan history to World History courses in public schools 6. Support World Tibet Day
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2. The challenge of cultural studies. Identify two elements of Tibetan culture that challenge your views, those attitudes, values, commitments, or firmly held beliefs that really define who you are. ( Do not consider reincarnation as a challenge.) Explain precisely why these Tibetan elements are challenging to you. Identify two views of yours that would challenge a traditional Tibetan and carefully explain why he or she would find them challenging. 1. Things that challenge me 1. Impermanence 1. How comfortable they are with death, they don’t fear it because Buddhism prepares them for it 2. No attachment to the human body after someone dies, it’s just a vehicle 3. We fear death and hold funerals, attaching importance to the body 2. The Dalai Lama 1. Blind faith and devotion to one person 2. Picking a leader based on birth rather than merit 3. Is he actually a reincarnation? 3. Emptiness 1. Goes against everything western culture teaches you 1. Capitalism encourages you to get ahead 2. Embrace the concept of the self instead of the self only in existence in relation to other things 3. Idea of the soul 2. There is no inherent existence, no sense of I 3. We see people as individuals and associate separate feelings and emotions to each of them 4. Compassion 1. Everyone is your mother, father, sister, etc 2. Western culture supports seeing people individually 1. Hate some people because they are bad 2. Things that would challenge them
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1. Emphasis on the body and this life 1. “Only have one life to live” 2. Funerals 2. Work hard to get ahead 1. Tibet: work hard to get karma and enlightenment 2. West: work hard to get yourself ahead 3. 4 th Noble Truth 1. Freedom from suffering comes from wisdom and compassion 2. We would say the end of suffering would come from limitless resources (material goods)
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3. Mind in Tibetan Buddhism
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course CORE 179 taught by Professor Mansfield during the Fall '07 term at Colgate.

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