Choose Your Activities

Below are some examples of popular themes and workshops we offer, although we are always happy to work with you to develop new activities to suit the needs of your class.

Most of these activities can be adapted to suit any key stage. Click on any of the following topics to find out more:


Meditating BuddhaStilling Activity

Suitable for all Key Stages
Very popular with both students and teachers, this exercise will give you a taste of what it’s like to meditate. Learn some techniques from experienced Buddhist meditators that you can use every day to stay calm, grounded and positive. You will be amazed how still and quiet your pupils can be!

It is not a specifically Buddhist exercise and is therefore suitable for people of all religions. It can be easily adapted to suit all ages.

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Life StoryThe Buddha’s Life Story

Suitable for all Key Stages
How did the Buddha become the Buddha? Who was he before? What is enlightenment? An understanding of the Buddha’s life story is an indispensible introduction to the religion. We draw out the key aspects using a beautiful painting that depicts the different events from the story.

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3 Jewels of Buddhism

Suitable for all Key Stages
We often theme our tours and visits around the Three Jewels of Buddhism – The Buddha (representing the ultimate potential for human growth), The Dharma (the teachings of the Buddha) and The Sangha (the Buddhist community). Find out why the Three Jewels are common and central to all schools of Buddhism.

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Different types of Buddhists

Suitable for all Key Stages
Look at a slideshow of photographs of different Buddhists. What do the monks have in common? What about Buddhist nuns? Do you have to be a monk or nun to be a Buddhist? Learn about life as a Buddhist and the different types of Buddhism around the world.

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Mudras 2Ethics and karma

Suitable for all Key Stages
We have a range of exercises and activities, depending on ages and ability levels, exploring Buddhist ethics and their implications for how we might live as Buddhists. What are the five precepts? How do they affect how we live? Do you agree with the Buddha that living like this will make someone happier? What is karma?

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Demon Dagger 1Guess the artefact

Suitable for all Key Stages
A fun activity for all ages. Explore a range of traditional Buddhist artefacts. Can you guess what they might be used for? Pupils and teachers love the hands-on approach of this game.

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Lotus Story ArtworkBuddhist Images, Mandalas, Statues & Artwork

Suitable for all Key Stages
The Buddhist tradition is full of vivid artwork, images and symbols and our Buddhist Centre is full of interesting and beautiful paintings, statues and shrines. Explore stories associated with the images. What do these paintings and symbols say to us? Learn about Buddhists mandalas and then create your very own school (or personal) mandala.

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ShrineBuddhist Shrines & Mantras

Suitable for all Key Stages
A chance to explore a Buddhist shrine. What is a shrine for? What goes on a shrine, and why? Can you build your own class shrine at school? What is a mantra? Hear us chant a mantra – how does it sound and feel?

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Prayer Wheel 2Questions and Answers

Suitable for all Key Stages
What is it like to be a Buddhist? Ask us anything you want and we promise to answer openly and candidly about our experience and lives as Buddhist practitioners.

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Siddhartha and the Swan

Suitable for KS1
We tell the story of the child Siddhartha and his rescue of an injured swan using a beautifully illustrated book which pupils will love to look at. An excellent way of introducing the key Buddhist tenets of non-violence and loving-kindness to youngsters.

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King and Buddha 1The King and Buddha drama

Suitable for KS1 & KS2
One of our most popular activities, and particularly suitable for younger audiences. We dress up and act out a story from the Buddha’s life, communicating an important Buddhist idea about where happiness comes from. A fun pantomime-style drama, which ends up being a bit different every time we do it!

Please note that this is only available by special arrangement, as it requires two Still Learning staff to support the visit.

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The Thousand-Armed Avalokitesvara

Especially suitable for KS2
Hear the story of the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, the embodiment of compassion, followed by a short art exercise. Pupils are asked to think of a way they could help someone and to write and decorate that on a paper hand. We then put all the hands together to make our own class version of the thousand-armed Avalokitesvara.

A fun and engaging way of bringing the ethical precepts to life, and of illustrating the power we have to impact positively on those around us. It can be adapted to suit all ages, but is particularly recommended for KS2.

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