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The World of Buddhism

Test your knowledge of this wonderful religion in the general 15-question quiz - and good luck! 15 Questions.

 
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1

Gotama Siddharta Shakyamuni, the Buddha, was born in:

  • Himalayan India
  • Southern India
  • Burma
  • Sri Lanka

2

He was born into a family of:

  • Merchants
  • Scholars
  • Royalty
  • Artisans

3

The Buddha achieved Enlightenment in which city of India?

  • Bombay
  • Varanasi (Benares)
  • Old Delhi
  • Bodh Gaya

4

The Buddha declared that life is made up of the Three Marks of Existence. They are Suffering (Dukkha), Impermanence (Annica) and:

  • Sorrow (Anayasa)
  • Non-self (Anatta)
  • Ignorance (Avijja)
  • Craving (Tanha)

5

The earliest Buddhist teachings were recorded in which language?

  • Urdu
  • Sanskrit
  • Pali
  • Sinhalese

6

The ‘path’ which the Buddha taught was described as what?

  • The Great Way Path
  • The Eightfold Path
  • The Mindful Path
  • The Path of Purification

7

The Buddha’s message of the law of cause and effect is called:

  • Karma
  • Samadhi
  • Nirvana
  • Samsara

8

What nationality is the Dalai Lama?

  • Tibetan
  • Nepalese
  • Chinese
  • Burmese

9

The meditation technique called ‘anapanasati’ is known as:

  • Mindfulness of the body
  • Mindfulness of the breath
  • Mindfulness of the hands
  • Mindfulness of the feelings

10

Zen Buddhism is the main school of Buddhism in which one of these countries?

  • Japan
  • Mongolia
  • Thailand
  • Cambodia

11

Both Theravada and Mahayana schools of Buddhism believe that there is a Buddha to come. What is his name?

  • Maitreya
  • Vairocana
  • Kuanyin
  • Amitabha

12

In Mahayana Buddhism a Bodhisattva is what?

  • A sacred statue
  • A reincarnated Buddha
  • A Devil
  • A Buddha-in-Waiting

13

In Sri Lanka, there is a famous temple in the hill town of Kandy. What is it famous for?

  • It is where the Buddha died
  • It houses one of the Buddha's teeth
  • It is where the Buddha delivered his first sermon
  • It is where the Buddha first shaved his head

14

Who founded the Buddhist Society in London, England, in 1924?

  • Dr T.W. Rhys Davids
  • Edward Conze
  • Alan Watts
  • Christmas Humphreys

15

Which of these famous actors is a practicing Buddhist?

  • Richard Gere
  • Tom Cruise
  • Anjelina Jolie
  • Nicholas Cage

 

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