This week Pine Tree has been learning about The Eightfold Path.  We began by reading “The Story of Buddha”.  The story is about a man named Siddhartha, who was born into a very rich family. For many years he lived within the palace walls away from other people and the sufferings of life. Eventually he married, had children and decided it was time to go outside the palace to see what was on the other side. When he was there, he saw an old man, a sick man and a dead man. He was very worried by what he had seen. Just as he was about to leave, Siddhartha saw a holy man dressed in rags with only a begging bowl and some fruit in his hand, but the man looked happy and at peace. These four things made Siddhartha think long and hard. He wanted to know how to become happy, so he decided to leave his riches behind and go and find out for himself. Dressed as a monk, he went to meditate under a tree, and promised himself that he wouldn’t rise again until he found an answer. As he sat, he thought carefully about the four sights that he saw when he left the palace. And after some time, he realised there was a way for people to end their pain and sadness. Siddhartha then began to teach people about what he had realised whilst he was meditating under the tree. People began to call him Buddha or ‘teacher’. And he taught them to lead good and happy lives through being truthful, respecting others and doing good things for others.

The Eightfold Path is the rules which Buddhist’s live by-

  1. Right to livelihood
  2. Right speech
  3. Right action
  4. Right understanding
  5. Right intent
  6. Right effort
  7. Right concentration
  8. Right mindfulness

After reading the story and exploring the props we then made a poster about the Eightfold Path and discuss what they all meant.  Below you will find some pictures of the activities we have been doing.

 

We hope you all have a lovely half term and we are excited to hear what you have all been up to!

Love Pine Tree!