The Dalai Lama/Dubus Essay

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Audre Dubus the author of “Giving up the Gun.” He taught at Bradford College for 28 years, in the time he was teaching he released six books. Five of which were books completely comprised of his short storys that he had written. The sixth was his only novel. This story comes from his book titled “Meditations for a Moveable Chair.” This book was inspired when he was forced to spend the rest of his life in a weel chair after an life changing ascendent in the summer of 1986. His essay “Giving up the Gun” is about some of his life experiences. Mainly around guns. as well as the reason he started carrying one and the reasons why he stopped carrying guns. Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama, was born in July 6 1935 and given the name Lhamo Thondup. in 1940 he was taken to the Potala Palace where he became the spiritual leader of Tibet. Shortly after this he, like all the past Dalai Lama's, had to give up his given name and he was given the name Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso. In 1999 he relesed a book titled “Ethics for the New Millennium.” In which we find his essay “The Need for Discernment.” An informative essay about ethics and how they are incorporated into our everyday lives. Both The Dalai Lama and Dubus are against harming others In both of the essays the reader is asked, in one way or another, what would you do. In the Dalai Lama's essay he is talking about some stranger that you see run in a door. Then a few minutes later you see a group of guys with knives looking for something. You are asked, by who seems to be the leader of the group, “did you see a guy run past here?” Would you tell this guy which way the man running went. This is where the ethics come in, in a very big way. Think about it this way. If you tell the men with the knives, where the other guy went. What will they do to him. It's obvious that they want to hurt him, but how bad. Now on

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