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Buddhism's four Noble Truths video icon

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Buddhism's four Noble Truths

This animation explores the Buddha's Four Noble Truths.

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5 mins
The Dates of the Buddha article icon

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The Dates of the Buddha

How accurately can we put a date on the life of the Buddha, and why is it so hard to pinpoint when he lived?

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Mindfulness in mental health and prison settings

This free course, Mindfulness in mental health and prison settings, introduces the key ideas and practices of mindfulness, describes how it is helping counselling clients and prisoners, and also looks at some of the criticisms mindfulness has received in recent years.

Free course
10 hrs
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Religion today: Themes and issues

There is a widespread perception in the West that we live in a secular age, an age in which religion is at best an optional extra, if not a false delusion completely out of place. However, religion still arouses passion and causes controversy; it controls and transforms lives. An informed understanding of the contemporary world thus requires an appreciation of the role of religion in shaping ideas, world-views and actions that have an impact on the social as well as on the personal life of the individual. This free course, Religion today: Themes and issues, gives you a glimpse into this fascinating area.

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15 hrs
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What did Voltaire think about Buddhism? article icon

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What did Voltaire think about Buddhism?

Donald S. Lopez, Jr. looks at Voltaire’s early reflections on Buddhism and how, in his desire to separate the Buddha’s teachings from the trappings of religion, the French Enlightenment thinker prefigured an approach now familiar in the West.

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World Religion Day

As part of World Religion Day's aim to promote understanding of different faiths, we have compiled a great range of resources on religions and themes.  

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The Buddha – Ancient Teachings for the Modern World

Dr Helen Waterhouse explains how the Buddha’s teachings have stayed relevant over time and place.

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OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - How do I live a good life?

Melvyn Bragg and his four guests delve deeper into the philosophy of how we live a good life. 

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Introducing Religions

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.

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1 hr 45 mins
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How do they choose the Dalai Lama?

The Dalai Lama is the head monk of Tibetan Buddhism and he used to be in charge of governing Tibet. Like all Dalai Lamas he was chosen for the role as a child. But how can you tell if a toddler would make a good head monk? And how come the current Dalai Lama isn't even allowed to live in Tibet any more?

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