The Foundations of Buddhism Quiz | One Week Quiz A

Rupert Gethin
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 8, The Abhidharma, The Higher Teaching.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. The Nikayama/Agama are collections of sutras or _____.
(a) Disputes.
(b) Canons.
(c) Discourses.
(d) Rituals.

2. Some three months after the death of the Buddha, 500 arhats took part in a _____.
(a) Communial recitation.
(b) Vedic sacrifice.
(c) Fire ritual.
(d) Silent meditation.

3. Abhidharma captures the very essence of dharma, which means that its sound can almost operate as a _____.
(a) Vision.
(b) Smell.
(c) Spell.
(d) Warning.

4. Eighty-one types of dharma are _____.
(a) Reversed.
(b) Broken.
(c) Opened.
(d) Conditioned.

5. Gandharvas are celestial _____.
(a) Actors.
(b) Dancers.
(c) Teachers.
(d) Musicians.

Short Answer Questions

1. The public concern of Buddhism was living by _____, not doctrinal conformity.

2. Vinaya is the word Buddhists use for _____.

3. _____ are regarded as ultimate bits of matter, which is similar in concept to dharma.

4. What the Buddha taught is often referred to in the early texts as a system of _____.

5. The Sangha is a community of _____.

(see the answer key)

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