The Foundations of Buddhism Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Rupert Gethin
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Tibetan Buddhism is sometimes called _____ Buddhism.

2. There is a Pali version of the Nikayama/Agama and a _____ translation contained in the Tripitaka.

3. Tibetan 'Vehicle of the Diamond Thunderbolt' is also known as _____ Buddhism.

4. The earliest Buddhist sources state that the future Buddha was born with the name _____.

5. One of the ten rules of training for a monk involves refraining from false _____.

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the author say that he wrote this book on Buddhism?

2. What is the responsibility of a Buddha regarding teaching?

3. What effect did the meeting of Buddha Dipamkara have on Sumedha?

4. How does the author feel he acts as a spokesman for Buddhism?

5. How is bodhi characterized?

6. How did the Buddha respond when Malunkya said he would stop training with him if he didn't answer the ten undetermined questions?

7. According to the author, what does the term 'Buddhism' refer to?

8. Why does the author believe that there is some basis in history for the existence of the Buddha?

9. Which offenses can result in a probationary period involving loss of full status as a member of the Sangha by a monk?

10. What is a bhiksu and how is this different from an upasampada?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the role of merit or karma in Buddhism. How does this affect the conduct of the Buddhist? Why?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the written tradition of Buddhism. How did it come about? Compare it to the oral tradition.

Essay Topic 3

Describe the role of the lay community in Buddhism. What is the role of financial support in the relationship between Buddhism and the lay community?

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