An outline of some foundational teachings of Buddhism and its response to suffering. The presenter talks through the key ideas, including the story of Siddhartha, with cartoon illustrations. The idea that life is full of suffering and that everything is impermanent are explained.

This clip is from:
Belief File, Issues
First broadcast:
25 January 2008

This clip could be used to help students to understand Buddhist beliefs about suffering. Students could be given a range of scenarios in which people are suffering in different ways. They could then write how a Buddhist would respond to that particular example of suffering and why. Could also be used to aid philosophical discussions of the nature of truth, where students watch the clip and then respond.