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From the Ted Talk by Wade Davis: The worldwide web of belief and ritual

Unscramble the Blue Letters

Our billboards celebrate naked children in underwear. Their birdllbaos are manuals, prayers to the well-being of all sieenntt creatures. And with the blessing of Trulshik Rinpoche, we began a pilgrimage to a curious destination, anccemaoipd by a great doctor. And the destination was a single room in a nunnery, where a woman had gone into lifelong retreat 55 years before. And en ruote, we took darshan from Rinpoche, and he sat with us and told us about the Four nbole Truths, the essence of the Buddhist path. All life is suffering. That doesn't mean all life is negative. It means things happen. The cause of suffering is ignorance. By that, the Buddha did not mean stupidity; he meant cninligg to the illusion that life is static and predictable. The third noble truth said that ignorance can be orcveome. And the fourth and most important, of course, was the dioeaitlenn of a contemplative practice that not only had the possibility of a transformation of the human hreat, but had 2,500 years of eicaiprml evidence that such a tintosforaamrn was a certainty.

Open Cloze

Our billboards celebrate naked children in underwear. Their __________ are manuals, prayers to the well-being of all ________ creatures. And with the blessing of Trulshik Rinpoche, we began a pilgrimage to a curious destination, ___________ by a great doctor. And the destination was a single room in a nunnery, where a woman had gone into lifelong retreat 55 years before. And en _____, we took darshan from Rinpoche, and he sat with us and told us about the Four _____ Truths, the essence of the Buddhist path. All life is suffering. That doesn't mean all life is negative. It means things happen. The cause of suffering is ignorance. By that, the Buddha did not mean stupidity; he meant ________ to the illusion that life is static and predictable. The third noble truth said that ignorance can be ________. And the fourth and most important, of course, was the ___________ of a contemplative practice that not only had the possibility of a transformation of the human _____, but had 2,500 years of _________ evidence that such a ______________ was a certainty.

Solution

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  2. heart
  3. sentient
  4. overcome
  5. route
  6. billboards
  7. clinging
  8. noble
  9. delineation
  10. transformation
  11. empirical

Original Text

Our billboards celebrate naked children in underwear. Their billboards are manuals, prayers to the well-being of all sentient creatures. And with the blessing of Trulshik Rinpoche, we began a pilgrimage to a curious destination, accompanied by a great doctor. And the destination was a single room in a nunnery, where a woman had gone into lifelong retreat 55 years before. And en route, we took darshan from Rinpoche, and he sat with us and told us about the Four Noble Truths, the essence of the Buddhist path. All life is suffering. That doesn't mean all life is negative. It means things happen. The cause of suffering is ignorance. By that, the Buddha did not mean stupidity; he meant clinging to the illusion that life is static and predictable. The third noble truth said that ignorance can be overcome. And the fourth and most important, of course, was the delineation of a contemplative practice that not only had the possibility of a transformation of the human heart, but had 2,500 years of empirical evidence that such a transformation was a certainty.

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