Buddhism and Bad Desires


This activity helps students provide their own evidence for Buddha's argument against desire.


The Buddha's argument against desiring is a tough pill to swallow: this exercise makes it a bit more plausible.


It is best to begin this as a solo activity and then have students share their answer in their group.

Texts / Connections

Relevant texts:

The Dhammapada

Why I am not a Buddhist


This activity asks students to evaluate the argument against Buddhism's stance on desire presented in a poem by Molly Peacocke.

Background Information


This activity helps students to critically evaluate a central argument in early Buddhism as well as see that arguments can be presented in many different forms.


This is best done as a group activity, but could easily be done as a solo or pair activity, or even transformed into an essay question or essay assignment.

Subscribe to Desire