Buddhism – new publication for secondary RE
Posted by: Rosemary, 06 September 2012
Questions: Buddhists, edited by Stephen Pett, is a new publication from RE Today. It is designed to help students aged 11 - 16 to not only understand some of the fundamental tenets of Buddhism (e.g. the Three Marks of existence and the Four Noble Truths), but to see that Buddhism is also a path rather than a set of beliefs, and that there is a real diversity of paths to follow within Buddhism.
The publication includes the words of Buddhists from the Theravada and Mahayana traditions, including Tibetan Buddhism, the Thai Forest Sangha, Soto Zen and the Triratna Buddhist Order. It offers students the chance to begin to understand how Buddhism says that the knot of existence is tied, as well as how it may be untied. It points students towards the kind of Engaged Buddhism espoused by Thich Nhat Hanh and others. It also takes the example of Aung San Suu Kyi’s fight for freedom and justice in Burma.