Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education
SPICE Publications


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Religions and Philosophies in China: Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism

Full Unit

Author
Waka Takahashi Brown - Stanford University

Published
2002 (188 pages)

For Middle School - Secondary students.

Hardcover - $59.95
includes CD-ROM (37 images)/4 large illustrations/strand of Buddhist prayer beads


The study of China is not complete without exploration of the historical roots and practice of its three main religions and philosophies: Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism. This curriculum unit uses a variety of activities and resources to learn about these world religions and philosophies in a Chinese context. Throughout each lesson, students are encouraged to compare and contrast each religion and philosophy as well as to think critically about the universality and modern-day applicability of their tenets.

The student will learn...

About the life of Confucius and be able to explain comparatively the fundamental teachings of Confucianism and Daoism.

About the life and teachings of the Buddha and be able to explain ways in which those teachings were a response to the Brahmanic system.

About experiences that provide for the study of culture and cultural diversity.