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This chapter helps students review the concepts in a Buddhism unit of a standard introduction to world religion course. Topics covered include:
- Gautama Buddha and the founding of Buddhism
- Enlightenment and Buddhist salvation in Nirvana
- The four noble truths
- The Eightfold Path to Enlightenment
- The middle way to Enlightenment
- The three baskets and the Dhammapada
- The Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha
- Gender equality and roles in Buddhism
- The height of Buddhism and Emperor Asoka
- Non-violence and Buddhist beliefs
- The branches of Buddhism
- The Dalai Lama and Tibetan Buddhism
- Chinese Buddhism and clashes with Taoism
- Japanese Zen 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.
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 Three Baskets and the Dhammapada: Description & Overview
This lesson will explain the importance of Buddhism's sacred texts, known as the Tripitaka. Using the Westernized term, the Three Baskets, this lesson will also highlight the importance of the Dhammapadain to Buddhism.
6. 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.
7. Gender Equality in Buddhism
This lesson will seek to explore and explain some of Buddhism's beliefs about gender roles. Focusing on women in the faith, it will highlight the terms Nirvana, bhikkhunis, and the orthodox school of Theravada Buddhism.
8. Emperor Asoka: The Height of Buddhism
This lesson will highlight the life and accomplishments of Asoka the Great. In doing this, it will explore the historical significance of his Rock Edicts as well as the role he played in spreading Buddhism to East and Southeast Asia.
9. Non-violence and the Buddhist Belief System
This lesson will explain the Buddhist beliefs of human existence. In doing so, it will highlight the Buddhist terms dukkha, anicca and anatta. It will also explore Buddhism's Five Precepts.
10. The Branches of Buddhism: Theravada, Mahayana & Vajrayana
This lesson will explore the three main branches of Buddhism: Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana. It will also highlight Pure Land and Tantric Buddhism, as well as the belief in nirvana and the bodhisattva.
11. The Dalai Lama: Tibetan Buddhism
This lesson will seek to give a brief history of Tibetan Buddhism and the importance of the Dalai Lama. In doing so, it will also highlight the Buddhist terms Bodhisattva, Tulku, and High Lama.
12. Chinese Buddhism and the Taoist Threat
This lesson will trace Buddhism's rise to prominence in China. In doing so, it will highlight the Han and Tang Dynasties as well as Emperor Wuzong's persecution of the Buddhist monasteries of the 9th century.
13. Japanese Zen Buddhism: Description, Branches & Revival
In this lesson, we will explain the history of Buddhism in Japan. In doing so, we'll highlight Zen and Jodo Buddhism as well as Dual Shinto. We'll also look at the 20th-century revival of Buddhism within the country.
14. Who Is Buddha, the Enlightened One? - History & Concept
Buddhism is based on the teachings of the Buddha, or the Enlightened One. This lesson will discuss the life of the Buddha such as it is known. From a magical birth to a young man searching, the story of the life of this religious leader is fascinating.
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Other chapters within the Introduction to World Religions: Help and Review course
- Bygone Religions: Help and Review
- World Religion: Hinduism: Help and Review
- World Religion: Confucianism: Help and Review
- World Religion: Taoism: Help and Review
- World Religion: Islam: Help and Review
- World Religion: Judaism: Help and Review
- World Religion: Christianity: Help and Review
- Catholic Saints
- Overview of Jainism
- The Apostles