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Essay #1: Buddhist Views of Animals
Question: Out of the three ways of living with and thinking about animals that we’ve covered in this Module, which one (or ones) do you think best relate(s) to how you and people in your community think about and interact with animals?
Think of the following as you formulate your answer:
Do any of the three have similarities to the way you already view and interact with animals now?
Do any of the three offer you ideas of how you might transform the way you and members of your community currently treat animals?
Do you find any of them useful in challenging negative aspects of human-animal interaction or increasing positive aspects?
We can categorize the three ways as the classical Buddhist (Ohnuma), traditional Tibetan (Barstow), and the modern Japanese (Ambros). Your job is to show me that you understand each of these views and that you can relate them to your own experience.
To Receive Credit and Have Your Essay Accepted …
You will need to make sure you fulfill the following requirements that I will be looking for:
Have a clear argument that I can understand through your writing
Respond to the ideas and evidence offered by all three of the readings for this module: Ambros, Barstow, and Ohnuma.
Use at least two direct quotes in your paper (they should be from the above readings)
When you quote, you need to provide a citation. For this class, use the following format (Chicago Style, Author-Date system). Here’s how:
At the end of your sentence, and before your sentence-ending punctuation, add a parentheses with (the last name of the author year of publish, page your quote is on).
Example: If I quote Ambros’ first sentence of her conclusion on page 503, it would look like this:
She tells us that “Japanese conceptualizations of the spiritual potential and
the afterlife of pets have undergone a radical transformation” (Ambros 2012, 503).
Identify the similarities and differences among the three views presented in this module.
Apply aspects of these three views to your own (or your community’s own) views and interactions with animals.
Include a Bibliography at the end of the essay (this does not count towards your total word count).
Hint: I’ve already formatted all of your readings into Chicago Style for a bibliography. You just need to copy and paste them! Your Bibliography should be single-spaced but add a line between each entry.
Your essay should be 750-1,000 words in length (not counting the Bibliography)