Ch 2: Overview of Buddhism

About This Chapter

The Overview of Buddhism chapter of this History of Major World Religions Study Guide course is the most efficient way to study important Buddhist teachings and figures. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus includes lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you understand the essential concepts associated with Buddhism.

Who's It For?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering Buddhist material will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn about the history of Buddhism. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who want to learn a broad topic in a short amount of time
  • Students who are looking for easy ways to identify the most important information on the topic
  • Students who have fallen behind in memorizing events and people associated with Buddhism
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning about world religions (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who have limited time to study for an upcoming exam

How It Works:

  • Watch each video in the course to review all key topics.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with a short quiz.
  • Complete your review with the Buddhism chapter exam.

Why It Works:

  • Study Efficiently: The lessons in this course cover only information you need to know.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Take the Buddhism chapter exam to make sure you're prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any world religion question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students Will Review:

This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about Buddhism for a standard world religion course. Topics covered include:

  • Biography of Gautama Buddha
  • Definition of nirvana
  • Overview of The Four Noble Truths and The Eightfold Path to Enlightenment
  • Finding a middle way according to Buddhist teachings
  • Explanation of the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha

6 Lessons in Chapter 2: Overview of Buddhism
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Gautama Buddha: The Founding of Buddhism

1. Gautama Buddha: The Founding of Buddhism

This lesson will explore the founding of Buddhism and the life of Siddhartha Gautama. It will also highlight nirvana, asceticism, the concept of a bodhisattva, and the Bodhi tree.

Nirvana: Enlightenment and Buddhist Salvation

2. Nirvana: Enlightenment and Buddhist Salvation

This lesson will seek to explain the Buddhist concept of Nirvana. In doing so, it will also highlight the Buddhist belief in the concepts of an arhat and a bodhisattva.

The Four Noble Truths & the Eightfold Path to Enlightenment

3. The Four Noble Truths & the Eightfold Path to Enlightenment

This lesson will explain the Four Noble Truths of Buddhism. In doing so, it will explain the origins of Buddhism and the life of Siddhartha Gautama. It will also highlight the Buddhist belief of the Eightfold Path.

Buddhism: The Middle Way to Enlightenment

4. Buddhism: The Middle Way to Enlightenment

This lesson will explore the term 'Middle Way' as an alternate name for Buddhism. In doing so, it will highlight Siddhartha Gautama as the founder of Buddhism, while also detailing his belief in the Eightfold Path.

The Triple Gem of Buddhism: The Buddha, The Dharma & The Sangha

5. The Triple Gem of Buddhism: The Buddha, The Dharma & The Sangha

This lesson will seek to explain the Buddhist belief in the Triple Gem. Explaining the concepts of the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha, it will also highlight the Four Noble Truths.

What is a Bodhi Tree? - Meaning, Symbolism & History

6. What is a Bodhi Tree? - Meaning, Symbolism & History

The Bodhi tree, a central symbol in Buddhism, is the tree under which the Buddha found enlightenment. Descendants of that fig tree still stand in that place, though there are now Bodhi trees around the world.

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