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REVIEW: Not About Being Good: A Practical Guide to Buddhist Ethics

Subhadramati, Windhorse 2013, 156pp, pbk, £10.99, ISBN 978-1-909314-01-6 www.windhorsepublications.com Subhadramati’s book is a practical and reflective, rather than academic, guide to ethics that will enable teachers...
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What’s the problem?

We asked people from different religions and from atheism to explain how they see the human condition. Are we flawed, fallen and in bits, or angelic, perfectible and glorious? Maybe both? On the next six pages you will...
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A landscape of distinct practices: teaching a deeper Buddhism

How does a teacher engage with a religious tradition so that it can be presented in an engaging manner yet with accuracy and authenticity? Here, Rae Hancock talks through some of the issues that she has had to work...

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BBC extends Bitesize RE for 11–14s

We asked Sorcha Clifford of BBC Bitesize about the project. What does the KS3 Bitesize project offer the RE student? New Bitesize Key Stage 3 content aims to give students a great overview of key facts and community...
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Cultural capital that makes a world of difference: re-building self-esteem

Vicky McDowell shares her experience from a special school. Anxiety, in all its forms, is worn as a protective layer around all of my Key Stage 3 and 4 students; indeed, an EBD (Emotional and behavioural difficulties)...
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Beyond words in Buddhism

Great teachers use vivid imagery and memorable stories to make their point. Buddhist texts draw lessons from the world around us in a remarkable selection of similes and metaphors. Here, Stephen Pett shows how exploring...
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Words matter: gender, religion and RE

I think it’s fair to say that we RE teachers have some big ideas about our subject. We see ourselves as much more than purveyors of content and developers of skills; we see our subject as more than information to be...
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RE day – Buddhism

Sue Halliwell is the RE Subject Leader at St Michael’s CE Primary School, Bishop’s Stortford and teaches RE in Years 5 and 6. She has recently established a NATRE Local Group, which includes both church and...
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Wisdom Ancient and Modern: seven different perspectives

We asked members of different religions and beliefs to answer some questions about their own sense of what is wise, whether ancient or modern. A Christian View Rev Tracy Swindells, who is also an RE teacher, begins the...
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Concepts from Sikhs and Buddhists: making creative sense of wisdom

Suzanne Parker teaches at Putteridge in Luton. She wanted her pupils to be more creative and more thoughtful in RE, so after teaching a sequence of lessons on the big ideas in Buddhism and Sikhism, she set them a task...
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Better RE through A big event!

Before our RE week began…Last year, I was observed when teaching a lesson about Easter, where children were arguing for and against the Christian notion of Jesus as the Son of God. It went well, but made me think about...
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Kisa and the mustard seeds

Kisagotami (called Kisa, for simplicity, in this article) was the daughter of the poorest family in the village. Eventually her kind ways charmed a young man, and they married. Once she was married, her husband’s...
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THE BIG PICTURE: The realm of the hungry ghosts

Hell on earth: the realm of the hungry ghosts What is evil? Where is evil? The traditional view of a devil who tempts us and, if we really don’t shape up, a hell where we will suffer eternal punishment are familiar...
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What does your faith say about the Devil?

We invited members of different faiths and beliefs to consider the nature of evil from their own point of view. Here are responses from a Buddhist, a Christian, a Pagan and a Sikh, all of whom are teachers. We used the...
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Thailand, Buddhism and animals

The creatures that inhabit this earth – be they human beings or animals – are here to contribute, each in its own particular way, to the beauty and prosperity of the world. The 14th Dalai Lama (2004) After living and...
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A Buddhist lantern festival

Recently, over 950 people gathered for a traditional Shinnyo Buddhist lantern floating ceremony at the peaceful, serene Shinnyo-en Buddhist Centre in Long Ditton in Kent. As well as lantern floating, there was Buddhist...
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Attack and defend: views from different communities

We asked these questions of people from different faith communities. Their replies are fascinating – and could be used with students aged 14–19. Get them to read two or more of the replies, share and summarise...
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The best that has been thought and said

This issue of REtoday is themed around ‘the best that has been thought and said’. The quote is from Rugby School’s Victorian headmaster Matthew Arnold. It is his description of what the curriculum might consist...

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Teaching about Buddhism:

some points to bear in mind Regular readers of Professional REflection will be familiar with our occasional series focusing on things to bear in mind when teaching … Here Denise Cush, who has been writing and teaching...
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We asked people from different religions and beliefs to tell us what it means to them to ‘sing their own song’

Here are replies from a Buddhist, a Humanist, a Christian, a Jewish person and a Muslim. Read these with your older pupils, and ask them to think of their own answers to the interview questions we used. The questions...