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TREASURES OF BUDDHISM – Board Game
In the wake of Alexander Csoma de Körös – cultural treasure hunt is a rule-based board game, which is informative, meaningful, fun, and develops literacy and memory in a playful way. The treasure in the game has an intellectual and spiritual meaning. The treasures to be discovered are the Buddhist Symbols. The course of the game is the modified exploratory archaeological map of Zangla, a vanished Tibetan village in the inner Himalayas, now in India.
Alexander Csoma de Körös – Hungarian scholar and tibetologist – lived for a year and a half (20 June 1823 – 22 October 1824) in the Royal Palace in Zangla (Himalaya, Tibet), where he studied the teachings of Buddha in the Tibetan language and wrote the Tibetan – English dictionary, which opened the teachings of Buddha to the world.
The making of the game is a tribute to the teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha and the life and work of Alexander Csoma de Körös (2012 marks the 170th anniversary of Csoma’s death).
About the game
The goal of the game for each player is to find as many treasures as possible on the track, memorise the location of the treasures, and then in the Royal Palace tell where the treasure is located, and share the meaning of the treasure with the other players. The player who collects the most treasures wins the game.
The more rounds are played, the harder it is to remember the location of the treasures, as positions from the previous round mix, and the opportunities for confusion increase.
The more someone plays the game, the easer s/he can memorise the treasures; therefore, the meaning of the treasures will be learned.
Respecting religion and tradition, this treasure hunt can be a fun and exciting game for everyone, regardless of age, gender, or prior knowledge.
Besides enjoyment and entertainment, the intention of the game is to turn attention from collecting and competing for the possession of material goods to intellectual freedom, spiritual values, to valuable and meaningful human life, to mediate naturally and easily between different cultures, to educate tolerance and to build community.