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Basic Buddhist Beliefs and Values

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Price: £3.45 Duration: 42mins Full topic price: £11.95

This title will teach you about 'Basic Buddhist Beliefs and Values'. Since Buddhism is a difficult religion to get your head round, it provides you with an introduction to Buddhism in the first chapter. It will then look at the life of the Buddha, and how he realised that life was full of suffering. This is important as it explains how the Buddha came to develop his views on the world around him, and how he finally understood the way things are. The title also examines Buddhist teachings such as the dhamma, the meaning of the three refuges and the three marks of existence - dukkha, anicca, and anatta. We will look at how Buddhists live their lives and their concepts of karma, death and rebirth. Finally, we will discuss Buddhist beliefs about Nirvana, Enlightenment and The Wheel of Life.

Author: Jonathan Beaufort-Jones Publisher: GCSEPod®
Narrator: Carol McGuigan ISBN: 978-1-84906-011-0
Video ISBN: 978-1-84906-511-5

Chapters

  1. What is Buddhism?
  2. The Life of the Buddha (Siddattha Gotama)
  3. Important Buddhist Teachings
  4. The Four Noble Truths
  5. The Noble Eightfold Path - The Fourth Noble Truth
  6. Karma, Death and Rebirth
  7. Nirvana and Enlightenment
  8. The Wheel of Life and Samsara

Exam Board Relevance

  • Edxcel
  • AQA
  • CEA
  • IGCSE (EdExcel)
  • OCR
  • SQA
  • WJEC
  • IGCSE (CiE)

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Chapters

  • the life of the Buddha
  • the Three Universal Truths (Marks of Existence): anicca, anatta, dukkha
  • the Four Noble Truths, including tanha and the Noble Eightfold Path
  • the Law of kamma, samsara and rebirth in the six realms
  • the goals of enlightenment and nibbana
  • the Three Refuges: Buddha, Dhamma, Sangha
  • the Five Precepts
  • reasons for the existence of different schools of Buddhism, and an exploration of different ways in which Buddhism is practised in different parts of the world.
  • The nature and importance of the Four Noble Truths: aspects of their meaning in human existence (anicca, anatta, dukkha, tanha); the five khandas.
  • The meaning and significance of: the wheel of existence; samsara; kamma; and nibbana.
  • The Noble Eightfold Path, its meaning and importance as the Middle Way and its three aspects; prajna, sila, samadhi.
  • Siddattha Gotama: the events in his life which show the path to enlightenment (circumstances of birth, early life, the four sights, ascetic practices, meditation under the bodhi tree); the nature and importance of the events which follow his enlightenment
  • The meaning of the pansils: their negative and positive applications in daily life.
  • The meaning and importance of the three refuges: developing the qualities of metta, karuna, kshanti and vipassana.
  • Anicca
  • Anatta
  • Dukkha
  • Buddha
  • Dhamma
  • Sangha
  • The Five/Ten precepts
  • Concept of nibbana (nirvana)
  • The Buddha: concept of enlightenment
  • The Four Noble Truths
  • Teachings on kamma (karma) and samsara to explain death and rebirth
  • Moral choices in life and death issues affected by kamma (karma)
  • Importance of home teachings three jewels, mother love
  • Choosing to overcome dukkha by following the Middle Way
  • World as illusion; teachings on nibbana (nirvana) and how it may be realised
  • Kamma (karma)
  • Principles of practical living, holy simplicity, harmony with nature
  • Teachings on kamma (karma) and samsara
  • Moral choices in medical issues affected by kamma (karma)
  • The five precepts (lay Buddhists) and the ten precepts (members of the Sangha)
  • Principles of non-violence- 'co-operation where possible, peaceful resistance where not'
  • The effects of kamma (karma), the practice of mindfulness and the possibility of development
  • Siddartha's enlightenment and the concept of maya
  • The three signs of Being: anicca, anatta, dukkha
  • Teachings about: tanha; kamma (karma); samsara; moksha; damma (dharma); ahimsa
  • The Four Noble Truths
  • The Three Refuges or Treasures
  • The Buddha as the perfect human
  • Nibbana (nirvana)
  • The nature and importance of the Four Noble Truths: aspects of their meaning in human existence (anicca, anatta, dukkha, tanha); the five khandas.
  • The meaning and significance of: the wheel of existence; samsara; kamma; punna and nibbana.
  • The Noble Eightfold Path, its meaning and importance as the Middle Way and its three aspects: prajna, sila, samadhi.
  • Siddattha Gotama: the events in his life which show the path to enlightenment (circumstances of birth, early life, the four sights, ascetic practices, meditation under the bodhi tree); the nature and importance of the events which follow his enlightenment
  • The use and importance of written traditions: the Tipitaka and Dhammapada
  • The meaning of the pansils: their negative and positive applications in daily life.
  • The meaning and importance of the three refuges: developing the qualities of metta, karuna, kshanti and vipassana.
  • dukkha
  • anicca
  • anatta
  • Buddha
  • Dhamma
  • Sangha
  • Life means suffering
  • The origin of suffering is attachment
  • The cessation of suffering is attainable
  • The path to the cessation of suffering
  • samsara
  • kamma
  • dhamma
  • nibbana
  • bodhisatta
  • nature and importance

Reviews

This title was good as a starting point for my RS revision, as it covered all the basic points. The pace isn't too fast which is great as you can make notes as you listen, and take in every single point.

Sarah W, Student

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