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Religious Education

  • RS 1 / 2 ER: Introduction to Eastern Religions

    Section A: Introduction to Buddhism

     

    Topics

    1.            The Life of the Buddha

    (i)                The social and religious background against which Buddhism emerged.

    (ii)              Candidates should be familiar with accounts of the following key events in the life of the Buddha, and be able to use these accounts to explain Buddhist doctrines and concepts:

       the birth

       the Four Sights

       the renunciation

       the enlightenment

       the decision to teach

       the death

    (iii)            Introduction to the role of the historical Buddha in Buddhism. Candidates should be aware that the different forms of Buddhism attribute different status to the Buddha.

     

    2.            Some Central Concepts

    The role and significance in Buddhism of:

     

    ·        The historical Buddha. Candidates should be aware that the different forms of Buddhism attribute different status to the Buddha.

    ·        the three jewels (buddha,dhamma and sangha)

    ·        the wheel of life, karma and pratityasamutpada (connectedness)

    ·        the three marks of existence (dukkha/duhkha,anicca/anitya and anatta/anatman)

     

    3.            Buddhist lifestyle

    The role and significance in Buddhism of:

    ·        The Four Noble Truths

    ·        The Noble Eightfold Path

    ·        Monasticism in the context of the Sangha

    ·        Lay and Monastic Precepts

     

     

    4.            Some Central Practices

     

    The purpose, nature, and main features of:

     

    ·        Meditation: vipassana, samatha and zazen

    ·        puja

             

     

     

     

     

     

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