Enlighten is a board game with a higher purpose: besides
its pure entertainment value, it seeks to help promote religious
tolerance following 9/11. "People are waking up to the impact of
faith traditions on politics, economics, and world peace," says
Christa Reynolds, the inspired San Francisco yoga instructor who
created the game (with the aid of California Institute of
Integral Studies PhD candidate Charles Flores). "We simply need
to know more so that we judge less."
Modeled after Trivial Pursuit, the game
requires players to put their wisdom to the test as they
maneuver through comparative religion Q&A along the path to
enlightenment. But it also adds a dramatic physical twist. Upon
landing in a penalty zone, players must get up from their chairs
to perform "embodying rituals" from each of the major world
religions-including Buddhist prostrations, Christian
genuflections, and Islamic dervish dancing. This is Enlighten's
most entertaining component by far, and it adds an experiential
dimension to interfaith understanding that couldn't come from
mere intellectual appreciation alone. So if you've been
wondering what Hinduism is about and don't mind chanting "Om"
three times to find out, visit www.enlightengamesinc.com to get
in on the spiritual fun.