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Nirvana Day - 08 February 2014

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Classroom activities

Remembering the Buddha (Key Stage 3)

The great Buddha - JapanGet a range of quotations and discuss why the Buddha is still remembered today. Ask the pupils to list, based on the quotations, the qualities the Buddha had that made his life story endure.

Using a map, show where the Buddha lived and travelled, and locate other religious figures of that time and where they lived. Ask pupils to read through information packs on the life of the Buddha, and then to consider and answer the questions:

  • What do the stories tell us about the beliefs of the people who wrote them?
  • What type of source are the stories - historical/myth/parable?

The Buddha's teachings (Key Stage 3)

Teach pupils about the Buddhist scriptures, focusing on the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path.

Ask pupils to write down the information, giving a practical example for each part of the Noble Eightfold Path.

Meditation (Key Stage 3)

Ask pupils to write an article of not more than 250 words on meditation for a Buddhist magazine. Give them a selection of information on meditation.

Pupils work first in pairs to highlight key points and then arrange these in a brief list. Pairs then double up into fours and plan the article (200-250 words). The group plans should include:

  • idea/text for a strong opening sentence
  • reminder of agreed key points
  • idea/text outline for an effective ending

After checking with the teacher each member of the group works on a fuller draft of the article.

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