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Korean J Child Stud > Volume 11(1); 1990 > Article
Korean Journal of Child Studies 1990;11(1): 29-44.
구체적 조작기 아동의 부처님 개념에 관한 조사연구
백경임
Children's Concept of Buddha in the Concrete Operational stage
Kyung Im Baik
Abstract
The present study investigated the concept of Buddha in 9- 12- year-old children who were in the concrete operational stage. The concept of Buddha was investigated in the following dimensions: form, competence and role of Buddha, feelings toward Buddha, and prayer to Buddha. Questionnaire data were gathered from 143 children attending the Bulkwang Sunday School. Statistical analysis was by Chi square. The children perceived Buddha as (1) a statue or a monk living in their mind and in heaven; and (2) unrestricted and superhuman but different from the creator, keeping an eye on them all the time and everywhere. The role of Buddha was perceived as one of giving blessing with good things to those who pray. The children had diverse feelings of awe, thankfulness, fear and anger toward Buddha. Most of the children were confident that Buddha would respond to their prayers but a few showed some doubt. Children in the concrete operational stage were less credulous than those in the pre-operational stage. More than half of the children reported that they experience the fulfilment of their prayers. The children had deep faith in attaining Buddhahood.
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