Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Last Day of Buddhism and Emperor Ashoka

My son Owen channels his inner Buddha and meditates. 

 Today's Learning Objectives  Describe the political and moral achievements of the emperor Ashoka. Know the life and teachings of the Buddha

Emperor Ashoka's Rule of Tolerance  As our unit on ancient India comes to a close, I would like you know about one of ancient India's most famous rulers, Emperor Ashoka. First, read independently about Ashoka here and then be prepared to share what you learned with the class. Next, read along with Mr. McGinty as he reads from an example of a primary source document - an excerpt of the speech that Ashoka delivered after the Battle of Kalinga. You can find the speech here and hereGuiding questions: How did Buddha's teachings change Ashoka as a leader? What modern day leaders does Ashoka remind you of? Would you recommend that all leaders study the teachings of Buddhism? Why or why not? 

Buddhism Quiz  Our time learning about Buddhism and ancient India is just about over. Show me some of what you've learned by taking the quiz here

The End May Just Be a Beginning  Just because our class time devoted to the study of Buddhism is over, that doesn't mean that you have to stop learning and exploring independently. Remember that many of Buddha's teachings and ideas can be embraced by people of all faiths and backgrounds. Meditation, especially, is a tool that you can use throughout your life. Below is a guided meditation that you may want to check out. 

Homework  Remember you must complete your Hinduism and Buddhism WeVideo project by Friday, February 27, at which time we will be holding a film festival and premiering each of our videos.