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Hi, I'm currently studying A2 Buddhism but there currently isn't a text book.I was hoping to find other individuals who I can share notes with.

If you have any A2 Buddhism Notes, Post them here.
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I wish I did this as an a level. Ask me any questions about topics I might be able to give you a link/tell you
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Key Concepts
nibbana/nirvana
• the nature of nibbana and parinibbana;
• the difficulty of describing nibbana and the ways in which this is attempted;
• the desirability of nibbana.



The Lotus Sutra
• the importance of the Lotus Sutra in
establishing Mahayana authority;
• the interpretations and importance of the parable of the burning house;
• upaya and ekayana.



The Heart Sutra
• the importance of the Heart Sutra as a prajnaparamita text;
• sunyata.



The Pali Canon
• the Pali Canon;
• the importance of the tripitaka;
• the division of the text into the sutta pitaka, vinaya pitaka and abhidhamma pitaka.




Meditation
• aims and methods and results of meditation, including samatha and vipassana meditation;
• different methods of meditation including the use of koans, zazen, nembutsu, visualisations and mandalas;
• experiences of satori and jhanas.



Zen Buddhism
• aims, practices, attitudes of Zen Buddhism to scripture;
• differences between Rinzai and Soto schools.


Pure Land Buddhism
• aims, practices, attitudes of Pure Land Buddhism to scripture;
• an awareness of the differences between Pure Land and True Pure Land schools.



Tibetan Buddhism
• aims, practices, attitudes of Tibetan Buddhism to scripture;
• the authority and status of the Dalai Lama.

Buddhism in the west Candidates
• Buddhist developments in the west;
• western interpretations and adaptations of the vinaya;
• psychological interpretations of Buddhist cosmology.


Ethics
• the five precepts;
• positive and negative interpretations of the five precepts;
• implications of the precepts for the development of the ethical codes.


Implications for ethics of the eightfold path
• the relationship between sila, prajna and samadhi;
• implications of the path for the development of the ethical codes.

upaya, karuna and prajna
• the concepts of upaya, karuna and prajna;
• the relationship between wisdom and compassion in Buddhist ethics;
• the implications of upaya for ethical codes.




Essentially, these are the topics covered. I'm trying to make coherent notes for them but it's really hard because I have to do alot of indept research to get actual factual notes, which is hard when you have no time :'(
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We use this book in class a lot, it's useful for using quotes in essays and sets everything out clearly. Edexcel also have an RS A2 textbook but it's probably expensive and repeats most of the stuff from the Buddism book. You also might want to look at books by other authors like Rupert Gethin and Dominique Side which we're also given excerpts from for quotes and so on. BuddhaNet have some good summary stuff to make notes on aswell as actual texts, such as the Lotus Sutra which I'm guessing is pretty important to have notes on if you decide to do that question.

If you've got any other questions feel free to PM me.
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(Original post by Kinoka)
Hi, I'm currently studying A2 Buddhism but there currently isn't a text book.I was hoping to find other individuals who I can share notes with.

If you have any A2 Buddhism Notes, Post them here.
I'm in the same situation! It's so hard to find useful info! My 6th form said they will get me (as I am the only one studying buddhism in my class) a OCR buddhist book http://www.pearsonschoolsandfecolleg...lBuddhism.aspx
so you should try and persuade your college to do the same.

Also, I just found a site that seems alright for some of the spec http://www.ttem.org/forum/index.php
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dominique sides book covers most stuff.
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Iv got a variety of word/pps if anyone wants some in time for next monday!
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Yes please! I'm panicking slightly about the Buddhism part of the paper...
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how is nirvana linked to each of the 3 marks?

im so stuckk!!!
please help
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Iv got a variety of word/pps if anyone wants some in time for next monday!
do you still have your notes?
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This is almost CERTAINLY too late but i still do have them! If I take too long to reply email me! Jam[email protected]
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haha, don't worry! i managed ok in the end i think. i hope! thanks anyway
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I have several books on Buddhism on my computer in PDF format. E.g. Buddhism - The Art of Living and Encyclopedia Of Buddhism (673 pages). PM me your email if you want me to send them to you.
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I'm bumping this very old thread on the off-chance that anyone still has resources or notes? or links? the dominic sides book is like 400 or so pounds on amazon!
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Hi are you doing the exam on the 6th? We use 'Buddhism' by Denise Cush it's really helpful!! I'm on the WJEC course because I do it in Welsh just wondering do you follow the same modules eg 4 different modules on the scriptures, enlightenment, beliefs and Buddhism in Britain??
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(Original post by _splinter_)
I'm bumping this very old thread on the off-chance that anyone still has resources or notes? or links? the dominic sides book is like 400 or so pounds on amazon!
Do you still need notes?
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Do you still need notes?
yes pls!
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Hi are you doing the exam on the 6th? We use 'Buddhism' by Denise Cush it's really helpful!! I'm on the WJEC course because I do it in Welsh just wondering do you follow the same modules eg 4 different modules on the scriptures, enlightenment, beliefs and Buddhism in Britain??
hey. only just saw this - sorry. no i am not doing it this year - will be next year, but want to do Buddhism and realised there isn't an actual as or a2 book on this section. so that's helpful. thanks for recommendation, will try to get that one. good luck for your exam results!

it is through aqa and for as topics are -
samsara;
the 4 noble truths;
the 8 fold path;
the sangha.

a2 -
themes in mahayana buddhism;
aspects of buddhist philosophy;
meditation;
buddhist ethics.

what other modules are you doing, and which books do you use for them? aside from buddhism i think i would do ethics or philosophy of some sort - i.e., not religion
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Iv got a variety of word/pps if anyone wants some in time for next monday!
Do you still have these notes??
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Iv got a variety of word/pps if anyone wants some in time for next monday!
yes pleaseeee
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