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Buddhism KS3 Teaching DVD

Discussion in 'Religious Education' started by TheChal1, Sep 1, 2010.

  1. I haven't used the 'Living Buddhism' DVD that you mentioned but a really good resource which gives a fairly honest account of the lives of Tibetan Monks and a general insight into the life of Buddhist monks is a BBC documentary series called 'A Year in Tibet'. It's not meant to be used specifically as a classroom resource so you have to make the associated worksheets etc... yourself, but it follows a 14 year old Monk in training who the pupils find it easy to identify with, it's also on Amazon for £9, so at that price the department hasn't got much to loose.
  2. We've got an old copy of the 2 VHS set (which I think they have updated onto DVD). We have used it every since I joined the school (6 years ago) as part of our Year 9 Buddhism SOW. We use the sections on the Life of the Buddha and the Four Noble Truths / Eightfold Path. It probably is a little out of date but we (as a dept) think that it works well.
    I am tempted by their new on-line materials as well - anyone got them?
  3. I use the Clear Vsion DVD KS3 for Year 7s - I think it is getting out of date and would not spend 70 pounds on it now as I think you can find things on You Tube and make your own stuff which is just as good. The best bits on the Clear Vision DVD is the cartoon of the life of the Buddha and the stuff on the eightfold path We also visit a local Buddhist monastry which is good. I really like the idea of the DVD about the life of a Tibetan monk. Will def have a look at that.... thanks.
  4. I use the old video and definitely have had my money's worht out of it - love the cartton bit too!
  5. eek excuse my horrific typing above
  6. WillowFae

    WillowFae New commenter

    Which episode do you use from A Year in Tibet?
  7. NoseyMatronType

    NoseyMatronType Star commenter

    I use Groundhog Day to teach the life of the Buddha.
    Each 'day' Phil Connors is stuck represents another reincarnation and the senseless repetition of samsara.
    At first, he indulges himself and exploits the situation, which is a bit like the Buddha living a hedonistic, luxurious, celebrity-type lifestyle of overindulgence up until the age of 29.
    Then Connors gets depressed, rejects the possibilities open to him and even tries to commit suicide. This is not unlike the period of asceticism in the Buddha's life. Some of the sramanas (ascetics) at the time of the Buddha went in for self-starvation resulting in suicide.
    Finally, he escapes from the Groundhog Day by discovering the Middle Way of selflessness, not unlike the Buddha.
    And all the way through, just like the BUddha, he has to figure out how reality works by himself, without any help from outside in the form of a God.
  8. Groundhog day is a great idea!

    I also like the clips on the BBCs site (just google "BBC broadband clips Buddhism"), they're short and to the point, and have ideas for using them in class. Oh and they're free!
  9. durgamata

    durgamata Occasional commenter

    I like the idea of using Groundhog day too, but if you want anything free that illustrates Buddha's life in quite a powerful series of episodes there is something on You Tube that you might not have come across. I have written a brief outline of each episode and given the links here

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ISVI9unqnw&feature=player_profilepage (part 1)
    The play opens with The Buddha on his death bed. He is giving his last messages and his last blessings to his disciples.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPu1KA5-t04&feature=player_profilepage (part 2)
    In this scene, Siddhartha the young prince rescues a bird. His cousin ? who shot the bird ? fights him in court for the bird and Siddhartha offers his life in exchange. He wins the case because the judge agrees that the life saver is infinitely more important than the life giver.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_profilepage&v=I3g8Aix_Rrw (part 3)
    This is a dark and sinister scene where The Buddha?s cousin is plotting against him and trying to destroy him. He enrols the help of a prince, helping him to become king and together they try to kill Buddha. They do not succeed and the king falls ill.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnJT_IZQVeo&feature=player_profilepage (part 4)
    In this episode both the king and Buddha?s cousin recognise their mistake and embrace Buddhism. They sing the Sanskrit prayer which translates roughly as - ?I go to the Buddha for refuge, I go to the Buddhist Community of Monks for refuge, I go to the Teachings of Buddhism for refuge.? The scene then changes dramatically. In the darkness a notorious murderer Angulima appears, threading the thumbs of his victims into a garland which he wears around his neck.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_profilepage&v=pupZNQkepZI (part 5)
    The Buddha is teaching his dearest disciple Ananda. They are on the way to see the king of that region. Angulima appears and attacks the Buddha. He is defeated and forgiven. He demands that Buddha proves his forgiveness. The next scene is in the Palace. The king entertains the Buddha and his disciples and learns an important lesson.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtZK1NlseI0&feature=player_profilepage (part 6)
    In this episode the Buddha is a young prince. He has gone out of the palace for the first time. He sees an old man. The next day they go another way. He sees sickness and death.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yG8Z63vXXfs&feature=player_profilepage (part 7)
    Siddhartha goes out again with his charioteer and this time meets a spiritual man. The story moves on as Siddhartha leaves the palace and takes up the role of a spiritual seeker. Seating himself under a tree he determines to realise the truth or perish in the attempt. Five ascetics who admire him greatly come in and comment on his devotion to the truth. (This is quite a funny scene.)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_profilepage&v=QRGdIQz_-sA (part 8)
    A young woman comes and offers Siddhartha food. The ascetics are disgusted. They think that Siddhatha has fallen, trapped by the temptation of a beautiful woman. They leave but Siddhartha continues to meditate unperturbed. Demons ? male and female attack him, but he continues to meditate unperturbed. Finally he achieves enlightenment.

    I was thinking of getting an early night tonight. No such luck. I love this play about Buddha so much that I was inspired to add some photos to the above links and save it as a document in My Resources. You can also contact me if you are interested in getting a video of the entire play. (PM or email my business email address - info@bluelotus.co

    If you enjoy the video even half as much as I do you will be 'well inspired!'
  10. durgamata

    durgamata Occasional commenter

    Hello and good morning.

    I've just added some more photos. I may put a few more on as I have lots - and then make it a pdf file as the layout is a bit unstable here. Sometimes the photos move onto another page which is irritating. However, at least it seems to open ok.
  11. durgamata

    durgamata Occasional commenter

    just made a pdf of the info and youtube links for the play Siddhartha Becomes the Buddha. I left the word version there too in case anyone wants to use the photos etc separately.

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