The books are ideal preparation for GCSE religious studies long and short courses, as well as being an invaluable resource for non-examined courses at key stage 4.The key features within the book lead students through the content in an interesting and fulfilling way;
'Key Questions' ensure students know the direction of their learning*
'Key Word definitions' remove the ambiguity of subject specific words
'Weblinks' increase the scope and scale of their learning
'Perspectives' bring a sense of reality to the student and invoke discussion
'Test Yourself' provides instant feedback
'Tasks' and 'Assignments' require explanation, evaluation and provide exam preparation
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UNIT ONE: BUDDHIST BELIEFS What is a buddha? Who was the Buddha? How did Siddattha become enlightened? What did the Buddha teach about life? The Way of Wisdom The Way of Morality The Way of Mental Training Kamma How do Buddhists picture Samsara? UNIT TWO: DIVISIONS What happened after the Buddha died? What are the Yanas? What is Theravada Buddhism? What is Mahayana Buddhism? What is Zen Buddhism? What is Pure Land Buddhism? What is Tibetan Buddhism? How did Buddhism spread to the West? How has Buddhism adapted in Britain? UNIT THREE: THE BUDDHIST COMMUNITY What is the Sangha? Why become a Buddhist monk or nun? What happens when a person becomes a bhikkhu? What is life like for a bhikkhu? What codes of conduct do the Bhikkhus follow? What are the Three Refuges? What does a Buddhist Monastery look like? UNIT FOUR: SPECIAL TIMES AND PLACES Why do Buddhists have special days? Why are the places associated with the life of the Buddha important to Buddhists? UNIT FIVE: BUDDHIST WORSHIP What is puja? How do Buddhists meditate? Samatha Vipassana Why do Buddhists chant? How do lay Buddhists worship? Why do Buddhists bow before a shrine? What do Buddhists use to help them worship? Why are there so many different images of the Buddha? What are the Boddehisattvas? UNIT SIX: BUDDHIST WRITINGS Which writings are special for Buddhists? Why is the Vinaya Pitaka important to Buddhists? Why is the Sutta Pitaka important to Buddhists? Why is the Abhidhamma important to Buddhists? Which other books are important to Theravada Buddhism? Which writings are special for Mahayana Buddhists? Which writings are special for Tibetan Buddhists? UNIT SEVEN: LIVING THE BUDDHIST LIFE Why is it important for Buddhists to do good? Metta Karuna The Paramitas The Five Precepts (Pansil) Ahimsa The Sigalovada Sutta How do Buddhists put their beliefs about moral issues into practice? UNIT EIGHT: BUDDHIST PERSPECTIVES ON MORAL ISSUES How do Bhuddhists' beliefs affect the work they do? How do Buddhist beliefs affect family relationships? What is the Buddhist attitude to wealth and possessions? How do Buddhists' beliefs affect their attitudes to issues surrounding birth and death? Why do Buddhists believe that all living beings are equal? What do Buddhists think about war? What are the Buddhist attitudes towards death and dying? How should we treat the environment?