I will be able to identify three features of a Buddhist temple (L3-L4)
I will be able to explain at least two Buddhist symbols (L3-L5)
I will be able to create a symbolic message and container (L4-L6)
• Write down which building belongs to which religion in your
books… 2 Minutes
• Mosque =
• Gurdwara =
• Synagogue =
• Cathedral =
• Mandir =
Buddhist temples are known by many different
names including Stupas and Pagodas.
Some are believed to contain a relic of the
They may be small or large,
Often surrounded by a
monastery and are place of
walk around them
as a sign of
respect, chant, me
ditate or make
Buddhist Temples may include the following; Buddhist temples are designed to
symbolise the five elements:
Fire, Air, Earth (symbolised by the base), Water, Wisdom (symbolised by the top)
Draw and label your own small diagram of either a STUPA or a PAGODA temple.
Include at least THREE features.
Once you finish – Write down the differences between the two types of temple.
A Stupa looks like … where as a pagoda temple has …
What does the word Symbol mean to you – With the person
next to you … Come up with a list of as many symbols as you
can think of …
Lotus Flower = Purity
Mandala = Existence
Buddha = …
Water = Purity
Fruit = Ultimate fruit of
enlightenment (the goal) Incense = Calm and Peaceful
Candles = Enlightenment
Flowers = Changing nature
Prayer Wheel = …
‘We have a shrine room at home. It is a quiet and peaceful
room and I love to go into it. When I go in I bow down to the
Buddha. We have photographs of the Dalai Lama on the walls.
There are lots of statues and images of the Buddha.
We put flowers in the room and there are candles and
incense burning. It is a special place and when I go in, I feel
calm and different.
I sit on one cushion; meditate and worship. I go there at
least once a day. It helps me face the world’
Look at the image of the shrine and imagine you were there.
What are the sounds? I can hear …
What are the smells? I can smell the …
What can you see? I can see …
What is the atmosphere like? The atmosphere is …
How do you feel? I feel …
• I can identify the main features of a Buddhist Temple. L3-4
• I can explain why images of Buddha are so varied. L4-5
In China he is represented as the fat laughing
Buddha with a friendly face – He represents
Every image you just saw has symbolic
meanings… The position of the hands in
particular have special meanings.
These are called MUDRAS…
As part of worship Buddhists chant mantras.
These are a combination of sounds.
These symbolise a particular aspect of enlightenment.
Buddhists sometimes write a mantra on a piece of paper and place it
inside the prayer wheel. The turning of the prayer wheel symbolises
that the spiritual power of the mantra is release into the world.
• What is a mantra?
• Write your own symbolic message for the world…
• What could a modern replacement for the prayer wheel be?
• Write down ONE TRUE statement that you have learnt from
today’s lesson and TWO FALSE statements from todays
Buddhist temples always have golden roofs…
Buddhist temples are always square…
One type of Buddhist temple is known as a Pagoda…
Buddha's always have big bellies…
Buddha's hands are always folded…
Buddha's hands positions symbolise many things