Year 8 Buddhism project

This is a piece of work that I did in year 8 on Buddhism. It covers the life of the Siddhartha from Prince to Buddha and a few of the aspects of Buddhism.

It is not a complete document, but it is a quick read, so if you have a few minutes and are studying Buddhism it may be helpful.

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Joanne Lucas ­ 8L1
Year 8 Buddhism Assessment
1) The name Buddha means 'Awakened one'
2) The life of Siddhartha from Prince to Buddha.
The Buddha was born in 560 BCE/BC in Lumbini which is situated in Southern Nepal.
When the young Prince Siddhartha was only a few days old a wandering Holy man
told his father that he would become either a great ruler or a teacher/Holy man. He
would only become a great ruler if he never saw suffering, if he were to see suffering
he would be a teacher/Holy man.
So for the next 20 years the King (Siddhartha's father) kept him in the Palace and let
him see no suffering, even dead plants and insects were taken away from the Palace
before he could see them. He had not even heard of Death!
One day he decided to venture into town with his friend Chana. The first thing they
saw was an old man that was suffering from tiredness and was walking very slowly.
The Prince thought he was dancing! They also saw a man that was sick and in pain
he was groaning but the Prince thought he was singing. Finally they saw a funeral, and
the Prince asked Chana "How can he sleep with so much noise?" Then Chana replied
"He is not sleeping, he is dead" The Prince had finally encountered suffering and he
didn't think anyone deserved it.
He went back to the Palace and decided he must take a journey to find enlightenment.
On his quest for enlightenment he found 5 holy men and decided to join them. They
were all giving up something. One man was looking for comfort so was hanging from
a tree. Another man was seeking sleep so he was carrying heavy rocks and standing
on one leg. The Prince was always hungry so he decided to give up food, and for a
few years he ate hardly anything and was down to half a sesame seed at the end!
Eventually he realised he wasn't finding enlightenment and in fact he was dying, so he
left the other men and meditated under a tree, that later became known as the Bohdi or
Bo tree. He said he would not leave until he found enlightenment. Mara (a demon)
tried to distract him with his beautiful daughters but Siddhartha was strong and did not
let them distract him. Soon after Mara had tried to distract him, he found
enlightenment and gained the name Buddha because he had been awakened.
3) The Buddha had tried to find enlightenment by going to the extreme but his
teaching was that the Middle Path or the Middle Way is the way to live your life so
that you are neither selfindulgent nor do you live sparsely ­ in other words you don't
go to the extreme on either side.

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5) To become a Buddhist my life would have to change in these ways:
I would have to stop thinking about things to the extent that I normally do, because in
Buddhism there is a rule where you have to concentrate on ideally just one subject at a
time.…read more

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people but it is only ranked as the sixth largest religion in the world with the first
religion being Christianity with 2.1 billion followers, the second is Islam with 1.5
billion followers, the third largest number of people are agnostic or atheists and fourth
and fifth are Hinduism and Chinese traditional religions respectively.
Buddhism has spread through to two main schools or branches: Theravada Buddhism
and Mahayana Buddhism.
Theravada means "Doctrine of the Elders".…read more


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