Response Prompt: Consider an event from your life, recent or in the more distant past, in which you failed to be compassionate. Try to explain, with reference to Buddhist philosophy, the sense in which having a more compassionate response to the situation would have at the same time reflected clear knowledge of the nature of the emptiness, no-self, and dependent origination doctrines.
The grade will be based on clarity of writing and mastery of concepts. A good journal entry can be anywhere from half a page to two pages. What matters is not length but depth of engagement with the material and clarity of expression.