Children learning to be Buddhist monks

The BBC have a beautiful collection of photographs showing young children learning to be Buddhist monks in the Himalayas.


You can see the conch shell in front of the boys. Today the conch is used in Tibetan Buddhism to call together religious assemblies. During the actual practise of rituals, it is used both as a musical instrument and as a container for holy water.


Remember that if you’ve chosen to use Buddhism in your GCSE exam this summer you need to know more than the basics on the ‘cheat sheet’ above. Why not check out these online guides?

  • BBC guide to religions: Buddhism
  • BBC Schools Religion: Buddhism
  • 8 Brief Class Clips about beliefs in Buddhism from the BBC
  • Use this page to find Bitesize Revision pages about Buddhism and the topics we learn such as Life after Death, Abortion, Crime and Punishment and many more.
  • A really good YouTube video is about the Religion and Life paper, and although they talk about the War question which we’re not studying all the other 4 topics are shown and Buddhism is referred to throughout. Mark Warwick has a really useful YouTube page where there are numerous useful videos to help your GCSE preparation.


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