Year 8 Religion and World Views: BUDDHISM 3. The Enlightenment of Siddhartha Gautama
New Learning Unit: THE ENLIGHTENMENT OF SIDDHARTHA GAUTAMA
Today’s learning skills: finding correct words/ imagination/ poetry writing!/ justifying your opinion
Target time: 60 minutes
Welcome to week 3 of exploring Buddhism. Now we know who Siddhartha Gautama was and how his birth marked him out as someone special. We also know that as he grew up he wanted to see life outside the palace. When he did that, he saw 4 sights that would change his whole perspective on life. Today, we will find out how he became the Buddha, or ‘the enlightened one’.
We’re going to meet a new word today: ENLIGHTENMENT. It looks tricky, but what word can you see inside it? That’s right! The word LIGHT. Imagine being a in a dark room, stumbling about & you cannot see what the room is like. If we turn on the LIGHT you can see everything clearly. For Siddhartha, an event happened to him- under a tree- which was like turning the light on in his life so he could see everything clearly for the first time.
Today’s learning: The Enlightenment of Siddhartha
How did Siddhartha become the Buddha?
I can: pull all my new learning on Buddhism together into a piece of writing, using my Buddhism notes to help me.
So that: I can showcase how much I have learned about Buddhism!
Blank paper/ pen or pencils/ colours if you want them OR set up a word document or powerpoint if you want to work on a computer
The ‘I ROCK AS I ALREADY KNOW!’ quick quiz: check yourself out
1.Siddhartha Gautama is a person. Later in his life he would be better known by another name. What is that name?
The Buddha- which means the ‘one who knows’ or ‘enlightened one’.
2. Siddhartha left the palace to see what the world was like. What 4 sights did he see?
An old person, a sick person, a dead body and a holy man.
3.Why did Siddhartha’s father, the king, not want him to leave the palace?
Because a prophecy had said that if he saw suffering, he would not become a king one day, but a religious leader instead.
4.Siddhartha was married at 16 and had a baby boy. True or false?
This is true! So when he leaves the palace, he leaves his whole family behind too!
5. What did Siddhartha realise existed in the world, after seeing the four sights?
He realised that the world was full of suffering- like old age, decay, disease and death.
6.When baby Siddhartha was born, he took seven footsteps. What kind of flowers appeared in his footprints?
Lotus flowers. (A lotus is a type of water lily)
7. One of the four sights that Siddhartha saw was a holy man. Why he was impressed by the holy man?
The holy man owned very few possessions and Siddhartha thought this might be a simpler way to live in the world.
1. Well done! Now, set up a new thinking page for today
In week one we made a title page and a page about Siddhartha as a baby. Last week we made a page about the four sights. So we have 3 pages so far.
Today- set up a new page. Either on your computer as a powerpoint or word document or a paper page.
Put today’s lesson title at the top of it. ‘THE ENLIGHTENMENT OF SIDDHARTHA’. (You’ll find an example page I’ve made further below).
2. Recapping the story: find the missing words! Scroll down the page to see the word bank
3. So, let’s carry on with our story.
Let’s read this next part of Siddhartha’s journey, from Siddhartha to Buddha.
4. STORY PICTURE & SENSES POEM
On your paper/ document, you are going to do 2 things. One, find or draw a picture of the Buddha beneath the Bodhi tree. Two, we’re going to write a poem using the pictures in the story sheet here, and the picture you have found/ drawn that you have stuck to your sheet. Don’t panic! It’s a fun way to write a poem!
INSTRUCTIONS STEP BY STEP
1.Find or draw a picture of the Buddha beneath the Bodhi tree. (If you’re using google images, just type ‘Buddha under tree’). Glue/ paste/ draw it onto your sheet.
2.Go back to the story sheet you’ve just read (above) and re-read it. Look at the pictures on that sheet.
3.Use your imagination and pretend yourself into each picture: the old holy men, the skinny Siddhartha statue, the huge Bodhi tree and the enlightenment. Now, using those pictures, write a poem by simply completing these following sentence stems. You can add more of your own too. Add as many as you like. Write your poem onto today’s sheet.
FINISH THESE STEMS using the pictures as your stimulus: THIS WILL BE YOUR POEM. WRITE IT ONTO YOUR SHEET IN YOUR FINEST HANDWRITING! OR TYPE!
I could smell…
I wanted to say…
It reminded me of…
It was like…
It made me think about…
BONUS CHALLENGE: if you’re feeling creative, have a go at making a piece of jewellery showing the 3 jewels. Could make it out of paper, play-doh, bread dough, anything you like! Photograph it & send it in!
Here’s an example page of today’s learning to support you if you need help
Task 5. RIGHT OR WRONG? WHY?
Your last task! On that same sheet you’ve been working on, you are going to answer this question. Was Siddhartha right or wrong to leave the palace? Explain what you think as fully as you can.
Today we’ve finished our learning about Buddhism! Well done you! You’ve actually written a small book and used your expertise on Buddhism to write a film overview! You have brought two brand new things into the world that didn’t exist only 7 weeks ago! How amazing is that?
Wishing you a gorgeous summer holiday! By the way, if you want to do more on Buddhism over the summer- there will be another blog next week with some creative tasks for you, like tattoo designs and flag making!
WHAT DO I DO WITH MY AMAZING WORK?
Simply send your work to your teacher. And remember, all these pages are making a booklet week by week!