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. A _____ is a being from a lower realm of existence in Buddhist cosmology.
(a) Martyr.
(b) Lost angel.
(c) Hungry ghost.
(d) Happy human.

2. At the center of a cakra-vada is the great _____.
(a) Sky god.
(b) Ocean.
(c) Gold heart.
(d) World mountain.

3. As a system of thought, Abhidharma is to be contrasted with the system of _____ of the Buddha.
(a) Samsara.
(b) Sutras.
(c) Soma.
(d) Karma.

4. According the the author, what lies at the heart of Buddhism is _____.
(a) Dharma.
(b) Brahma.
(c) India.
(d) Karma.

5. Earlier texts state that the universe as a whole comprises a vast number of _____.
(a) Stargates.
(b) Celestial time warps.
(c) World-spheres.
(d) Worm holes.

Short Answer Questions

1. The various Indo-Aryan dialects, the vernacular of Buddha's time, are known as _____.

2. Some three months after the death of the Buddha, 500 arhats took part in a _____.

3. One of the four elements in Buddhism is _____.

4. Some of the teachings of the Buddha are expressed in conventional terms, and others are expressed in _____ terms.

5. To whom did the Buddha teach dharma after he performed the miracle after his awakening?

(see the answer key)

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