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A Tibetan Monk Says a Prayer



A Tibetan Monk Says a Prayer
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     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.52

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    might, austere, elevation, everest, hada, lived, misses, monastery, monk, nickname, presenting, religion, rooftop, rugged, sacred, scary
     content words:    Tibetan Buddhist, Dalai Lama, So Tenzin


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Other Languages
     French: Un moine tibétain fait sa prière
     Spanish: Un Monje tibetano reza
     Italian: Un monaco tibetano dice una preghiera
     German: Ein tibetischer Mönch spricht ein Gebet


A Tibetan Monk Says a Prayer
By Colleen Messina
  

1     Tenzin is a Tibetan Buddhist monk. You might think that it is easy for a monk to say a prayer. This is true for most monks. But when Tenzin lived in Tibet, it was not true. Tenzin decided to go to another country so that he could say a prayer safely.
 
2     Tenzin went to Nepal. He went with 15 other monks. It was a hard journey. They had to hide in a truck. They traveled with a guide. This made the journey safer. Tenzin and his friends went to Nepal. They wanted religious freedom. They want to go to India someday. The Dalai Lama, their leader, lives in India.
 
3     Tenzin carried a backpack. In the pack were Buddhist scriptures. Tenzin wanted the sacred books to be safe. He wanted them to get to a monastery in Nepal. So Tenzin said goodbye to his monastery in Lhasa. Lhasa is the capital of Tibet. He also said goodbye to his favorite statue of Buddha.

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Extended Activities:

1.  Pretend that you have an opportunity to design a flag for a country. Write a short description and draw a picture of your new flag.

2.  Pretend that Tenzin comes into your shoe store, and he needs a pair of shoes. Describe what kind of shoes you would like to sell him based on the climate where you live. Draw a map of your shoe store showing where you have different kinds of shoes on display.

3.  Design a travel brochure for Tibet. Describe either one natural wonder or one cultural landmark in Tibet.



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