LESSON: International Dunhuang Project’s Buddhism Education Pack

LESSON: International Dunhuang Project’s Buddhism Education Pack

About This Resource

Summary This 9-part worksheet set from the International Dunhuang Project introduces basic Buddhist concepts and history to the classroom using source material from the British Library and other institutions.
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IDP—CREA is a collaboration between six IDP partners in Europe (from the UK, Hungary, France and Germany) and three associate partners from China with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union. The project aims to highlight a Eurasian culture that has existed for centuries — and continues to this day — by illustrating the remarkable tales of the European explorers, archaeologists and scholars who travelled to Chinese Central Asia in the early years of the twentieth century. The worksheets enclosed are intended as tools to help introduce some basic Buddhist concepts and history to the classroom using source material from the British Library and other institutions involved with IDP—CREA. It is intended that this resource will enable students to:

  • Learn some basic facts about the Buddhist faith, its history and its ideals.
  • Be able to engage with Buddhist art by recognising traditional iconography, symbolism, motifs and style.
  • Understand the multicultural nature of the Silk Road and discuss how this relates to modern society.

Contents:

Worksheet 1

Buddhism & the Silk Road: The Transmission of Buddhism

Worksheet 2

Buddhist Cave Temples: An Introduction to the Dunhuang Caves

Worksheet 3

The Life of the Buddha

Worksheet 4

The Basic Tenets of Buddhism

Worksheet 5

Iconography of the Buddha

Worksheet 6

Object Focus: Buddhist Paintings

Worksheet 7

Object Focus: The Diamond Sutra

Worksheet 8

Bodhisattvas & Avalokiteshvara

Worksheet 9

Jātaka Stories

Extras

Glossary of Buddhist Terms

 

This resource is also available online from the International Dunhuang Project (IDP) websites:

  • UK http://idp.bl.uk
  • France http://idp.bnf.fr
  • Germany http://idp.bbaw.de
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