About This Chapter
Who's It For?
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- Students who want to learn a broad topic in a short amount of time
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- Students who have fallen behind in memorizing events and people associated with Buddhism
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- 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.
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- Study Efficiently: The lessons in this course cover only information you need to know.
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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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