Introducing Religions: Track 8

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Why study religion? An understanding of the world’s religious traditions is crucial in helping us to appreciate not just the varied forms of belief and practice that we encounter at home, abroad and in the media, but also the influence that religion has on world affairs. This course offers an introduction to the study of religions, and in particular to six major religions: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism, including the various roles of their founders and leaders, their texts, rituals, practices and behaviors. This practical insight will enable you to develop a better understanding of different beliefs and worldviews and what these mean to their adherents. This material is taken from The Open University Course A217 Introducing Religions.

By: The iTunes U team (Programme and web teams)

  • Duration 1 hour 45 mins
  • Updated Tuesday 13th April 2010
  • Introductory level
  • Posted under History & The Arts
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Track 8: Becoming a Buddhist monk

Trainees come from all over Sri Lanka to a Theravada centre near Colombo to train as monks. For local people too it is an important cultural institution


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Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
1 Introducing Religions    A short introduction to this album. Play now Introducing Religions
2 The architecture of a mosque    The largest and most splendid mosque in India. Play now The architecture of a mosque
3 An important shrine in Delhi    The most important Sufi shrine in India in Awia near Delhi. Play now An important shrine in Delhi
4 Hinduism in an Indian village    How Hindu practice has changed in a small Indian village over the last 25 years Play now Hinduism in an Indian village
5 Varanasi: An important religious site    Varanasi, on the Ganges, is one of the most important Hindu religious sites. Play now Varanasi: An important religious site
6 The evolution of Hinduism    Hinduism is an evolving religion both in India and internationally. Mathura, the reputed birthplace of Krishna, is now an international centre Play now The evolution of Hinduism
7 The place of Enlightenment    Bodhgaya in northern India is famous for Buddhists and Hindus as the place where the Buddha gained enlightenment. It is a site of pilgrimage and prayer for monks and lay Buddhists from all over the world. Play now The place of Enlightenment
8 Becoming a Buddhist monk    Trainees come from all over Sri Lanka to a Theravada centre near Colombo to train as monks. For local people too it is an important cultural institution Play now Becoming a Buddhist monk
9 Everyday Jewish life    Leslie and Irene Lancaster on the everyday life of a Jewish family. Play now Everyday Jewish life
10 Greek orthodox Holy communion    Holy communion in the Greek orthodox church Play now Greek orthodox Holy communion
11 Three different Sikh temples    Comparing three very different Sikh temples or Gurudwaras, beginning with the most important shrine, the Golden Temple in Amritsar Play now Three different Sikh temples
12 The importance of music in Sikhism    On the importance and complexity of music in the Sikh religion Play now The importance of music in Sikhism
13 Initiation into a Sikh sect    Initiation into a strict Sikh sect Play now Initiation into a Sikh sect
14 A Sikh school    The Guru Nanak Sikh School in London Play now A Sikh school