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While the soccer World Cup is being played in France, two young Tibetan refugees arrive at a monastery/boarding school in exile in India. Its atmosphere of serene contemplation is somewhat disrupted by soccer fever, the chief instigator being a young student, the soccer enthusiast Orgyen. Prevented by various circumstances from seeing the Cup finals on television in a nearby village, Orgyen sets out to organize the rental of a TV set for the monastery. The enterprise becomes a test of solidarity, resourcefulness and friendship for the students, while the Lama, head of the monastery, contemplates the challenges of teaching the word of Buddha in a rapidly changing world.


Lesson 1: On the Roof of the World (Social Studies)
Lesson 2: Introduction to Buddhism (Social Studies)
Lesson 3: Viewing The Cup (Media Literacy)
Lesson 4: Orygen Comes of Age (Language Arts)
Lesson 5: Daily Life in Tibet (Film-Specific Cross-Cultural Understanding)
Lesson 6: Learning about Culture and Greetings (General Cross Cultural Understanding)
Lesson 7: A World of Refugees (Social Studies, Current Events)
Lesson 8: The Politics of Production (Media Literacy)
Lesson 9: Energy Sources and Resources (Science)
Lesson 10: The Value of Money (Mathematics)
Lesson 11: The Art of the Mandala (Visual Arts)


The Cup - Curriculum Guide (India)