syllabus for primary students consists of eight work units.
Students will learn about the Buddha's early life as a prince.
What was it like for him growing up in luxury and what was
the significant event in his life that made him throw it
all away to become a monk? They'll also find out about the
Buddha's subsequent Enlightenment, his role as a Teacher,
and his passing away at the age of eighty. There's an introduction
to the Buddha's teaching on loving-kindness plus the practice
of Taking Refuge is explained. This is one of the most important
in the Buddhist tradition.
the units include a fun quiz. Kids can test themselves on
how much they've remembered from the class. There's also
an Activity Box. This may include a colouring book or individual
pictures to colour in, guided meditations, a Buddhist story
to read and discuss, Buddhist songs, Buddhist word puzzles,
a class play, the illustrated Buddhist story "Rahula
Leads The Way", a Buddhist greeting cut-out, and a
how-to for making special Buddha day gifts.
1: Who was the Buddha?
This unit charts the early years of Siddhartha. Before he
became a Buddha, Siddhartha was a prince. But he wasn't
just any old prince, his mother had prophetic dreams before
he was born and wise men made great predictions about his
2: Leaving the Palace
This unit describes a key turning point in the Buddha's
life. During an excursion outside the palace walls, Prince
Siddhartha was so deeply affected when he saw a sick man,
an old man and a corpse, he decided to leave the palace
and become a monk.
3: Under the Bodhi Tree
Nirvana or Enlightenment is the goal of all Buddhists. This
means putting an end to the suffering we experience in life.
The Buddha endured six years of physical hardship as a monk
before he attained Enlightenment whilst meditating under
the Bodhi tree.
4: What the Buddha Taught
The most important Buddhist Teaching is the Four Noble Truths.
This explains why we suffer and what we can do to eliminate
suffering from our life. After the Buddha attained Enlightenment,
this was his first Teaching. His first lucky students were
five monks he knew.
5: The Buddha's Disciples
This unit introduces the Sangha - the Buddha's male and
female disciples, during his lifetime and right up to the
present day. Although Sangha traditionally refers to monks
and nuns, these days it also refers to lay followers of
The Buddha taught that positive qualities such as loving-kindness
should replace negative ones such as selfishness. One way
of doing this is through meditation. Without developing
a good heart, it's impossible to achieve lasting happiness.
7: The Buddha's Last Days
This unit follows the Buddha on the last stage of his journey.
Even great teachers must die, and the Buddha was no exception.
However, his death was by no means the end of the story.
Today his Teachings are still very much alive.
8: Who is a Buddhist?
This unit defines a Buddhist as one who takes refuge in
the Triple Gem (the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha), and willingly
follows the Five Precepts. These are rules for living a
moral life, and include not killing, stealing and lying.
of the Buddha
story of the Buddha is presented in ninty-three annotated
slides, which cover both biographical details and Buddhist
teaching. Each of the line drawings provides a useful stimulus
while the text helps to explain the significance of key
events in the life of the Buddha. The material could be
used both as an introduction to the Buddha or as part of
a research project to further their learning. This section
also contains short extracts of text with useful visual
stimulus while still providing key information on the Buddha
and his teaching.
Stories - The Jataka Tales (Volume 1 & 2)
major spiritual traditions have them - stories that help
develop the characters of the people who hear them. The
Jataka Tales - Vol. 1 & 2 are no exception. They might
have originated hundreds of years ago, but today their main
message - on how to live morally - is no less relevant.
Instruction for teachers on how to teach kids the practice
of meditation. There are seven guided meditations to choose
from. Each one gives children the opportunity to experience
first hand the mindfulness teachings of the Buddha.
Buddhist Tale to Read and Discuss
better way to bring the Buddha and his Teachings to life
than through storytelling? These selected tales are more
than great yarns. Each one has a moral, providing teachers
with plenty of material for any following discussion.
This is another great way to engage children in the life
and teachings of the Buddha. The seven songs offered here
include simple, easy-to-remember lyrics and catchy tunes.
A great way for kids to have fun and learn at the same time.
Includes "circle it" puzzles and a word matching
game where the aim is to match the Buddhist words with their
meaning (e.g. Metta with loving-kindness).
Kids will love acting out some of these classic Buddhist
stories. Scripts are provided. But the young actors might
want to improvise as they become more familiar with the
Leads the Way
A delightful story that describes the adventures the little
boy Leo has when he meets the young monk Rahula. Thanks
to Rahula's monk's training and good sense, Leo learns how
to be the best little boy possible.
A picture paints a thousand words. There are individual
line drawings (e.g. a Dharma wheel, a lotus flower) as well
as a colouring book of drawings depicting all the important
events in the Buddha's life.
How do you greet the Buddha? It is easy with this cut-out.
Buddhist greeting consisting of two hands and some prayer
beads. Just grab a pair of scissors and follow the dotted
Vesak is the most important day in the Buddhist calendar,
honouring the birth, death and enlightenment of the Buddha.
This book shows you how to create gifts and cards to help
celebrate the occasion.