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1 UNIT 1 AND SOURCES Stories from the life of the e.g. His birth and life as a prince His concern to find an answer to suffering & Nalagiri & Angulimala Stories that teach e.g. The Monkey king Prince Vesantra The Hunter and the monkeys The gem in the robe WAYS OF LIFE Calm breathing Stillness The importance of reflection Vegetarianism Living by the MEANING Compassion Buddhist shrines and Temples The place of lay people, nuns, monks and priests Importance of truth Respect for all living things Thoughts and feelings lead to actions The importance of kindness generosity and honesty. AT2 Pupils should be given the opportunity to respond to what they have learnt by asking questions, reflecting, suggesting answers in all areas: e.g. Why do we look after each other in school? Which stories are important to you and why? In the story of the what did you find interesting and why? What did you find difficult to understand in the story of the? Why? If someone does something bad to you how do you feel? What makes you feel better? If you had to give up something which you would find difficult what would it be? 2

2 UNIT 2 AND SOURCES Beliefs expressed in the stories of the e.g. His birth and upbringing His search for an answer to suffering and his recognition of the sense of dissatisfaction in life The four signs The great renunciation His Enlightenment The as an enlightened human being as the one who discovered the way to overcome suffering and unhappiness His Enlightenment as a source of compassion and wisdom AT2 WAYS OF LIFE Following the The five moral precepts Festivals Wesak Celebrating the birth of the, his enlightenment, his death Teaching by example MEANING Symbols which help to understand the e.g. the lotus flower, the wheel, the Bodhi tree The Buddhist community The life of ordained and lay people and how they support each other Pupils should be given the opportunity to ask questions, suggest answers and reflect in all areas: e.g. PURPOSE & TRUTH Life involves suffering; suffering is caused by desire suffering can be overcome the way to overcome suffering is to follow the Eightfold path Buddhist response to ultimate questions Alleviation of suffering Sympathy and kindness to others and animals Giving generously of time, abilities, food and money Compassion to all living things Non violence What things we do as individuals may upset someone in our class? Which person do you look up to in your life and why? Is the symbol of a good one for? How might someone in our class find it difficult following the teachings of? 24

3 UNIT AND SOURCES The Four Noble Truths -Dukkha Samudaya Niroda Magga The Five Precepts The Eightfold Path The innate potential for Enlightenment WAYS OF LIFE Taking refuge in the Three Treasures- -The -The Dhamma (teaching) -The Sangha (community Following the precepts) Rites of passage MEANING The Stupa Offerings of flowers, incense, lights Daily ceremonies Ceremonies to mark the birth, enlightenment and Parinibbana of the How lay people express their beliefs How monks, nuns and priests express their faith. Following the rules of the order Teaching and guiding all who wish to learn The cycle of birth, life and death and rebirth To work towards Enlightenment Karma A religion without God Working to overcome greed, hatred and ignorance Contribute positively to society To learn and practice the Dhamma To support the Sangha or Temple Developing loving kindness AT2 Pupils should be given the opportunity to respond to what they have learnt in all areas by asking questions, reflecting and suggesting answers: e.g. In what ways is it difficult for someone of your age to become free from greed, hate and ignorance? How might it be easier for a Buddhist to live in a Buddhist community rather than in society as a whole? Does suffering in your life make you stronger? How? Why? What qualities would you say a person described as wise would need to possess? Are these qualities shown by The? In what ways can loneliness be a good or bad thing? Should we as a school have a ten minute period of reflection every-day? 25

4 UNIT 4 AND SOURCES The place of in, representing the supreme example of Enlightenment The three sections of the Tripitaka (three baskets of Wisdom) are 1.Vinaya Pitaka (the Discipline Basket) - A rule book for monks and nuns There are 227 rules for monks and more for nuns. 2.Sutta Pitaka (the Teaching Basket)- The actual experiences of.abhidhamma Pitaka (the Higher Doctrine Basket)- An explanation on the teaching of. Most of these are called Sutras WAYS OF LIFE Different kinds of meditation Purposes of meditation; -To overcome anger and ill will -To develop loving kindness Concentration and insight MEANING Images of the as focal points to remind Buddhists of the Dharma and to uplift the mind in different countries Important influences in the spread of Theravada and Mayayana Chinese and Japanese Jodo Shin or Pure Land The Dalai Lama Samsara the cycle of birth, sickness, old age and death. How it can be transcended. Nirvana Understanding why Buddhists might work in -peace movements -prison chaplaincies -hospitals -hospices AT2 Pupils should be given the opportunity to respond to what they have learnt in all areas by asking questions, reflecting and suggesting answers: e.g. In what ways does not having a deity help Buddhists gain enlightenment? Does everyone need a role model in life or can people go it alone? If you have never suffered can you be a Buddhist? Buddhists could never justify killing discuss 26

5 UNIT 5 AND SOURCES The transcendental nature of the as emphasised in the Mayayana tradition The three marks of existence -annica -dukkha -anatta WAYS OF LIFE in various forms- -to develop composure and attentiveness -to discover joy and peace - to learn and understand the true nature of things Ethical conduct through right speech, right action and right livelihood MEANING Symbolism expressed by - different images of the - Styles of Stupa/ Temple Prayer wheels, flags BELONGING The development and spread of different traditions. Zen Vajrayana, Tibetan (links to political situation with China) Western forms of Bodhisattvas Seeking truth through -right understanding -right thought -right mindfulness -right concentration Why Buddhists might refrain from:- - killing or harming all living beings -sexual misconduct -taking drugs or drink which could impair the clarity of the mind -taking what is not given AT2 Pupils should be given the opportunity to respond to what they have learnt in all areas by asking questions, reflecting and suggesting answers: e.g. Has Aung Sang Suu Kyi s faith stopped Myanmar (Burma) gaining democracy? 27

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