of Life and Death
May 13, 2010 (11:00 a.m.)
Length: approximately 7-10 pages of text (typed,
double-spaced, 12 point font, one inch margins).
Your essay should be
informed, articulate, and reflective. This means you must: (1)
demonstrate understanding of the assigned reading, films, etc., (2)
analyze and evaluate those materials, and (3) express your own
opinions, explore your own ideas, and draw your own
You may discuss issues with classmates, but use standard considerations
of friendship and academic integrity: if you use an insight or argument
suggested by another person, reference the indebtedness. Outside
sources are allowed, but not required. Be sure to provide complete
citations for all quotations.
- In what ways
are typical American views concerning who we are and what
happens when we die similar to and/or different from those of Tibetan Buddhism (Sleeping,
Dreaming, and Dying)?
Include analysis and comparison of Western views concerning
the nature and significance of dreams, concepts of an
afterlife (The Egyptian
Book of the Dead and Death:
The Trip of a Lifetime), and Near-Death Experiences (Life
After Death) with those of the Dalai Lama (Sleeping, Dreaming, and Dying).
Given the tight time-frame
have to grade final exams, papers must be submitted by 11:00a.m.on May
13, 2010. Unless
you make advance arrangements for an incomplete, failure to submit a
paper on-time will result in a failing grade for the course.