A Concise Introduction to World Religions 2e: Chapter 8

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Question 1:


a) a corpse
b) a meditating monk
c) a newborn baby
d) an old man

Question 2:


a) devotion
b) impermanence
c) suffering
d) no immortal soul

Question 3:


a) Bodh Gaya, India.
b) Kushinagar, India.
c) Lumbini, Nepal.
d) Sarnath, India.

Question 4:


a) the Arhat.
b) the Tirthankara.
c) the Pratyeka Buddha.
d) the Bodhisattva.

Question 5:


a) empty.
b) identical with the transcendent (nirvana).
c) emergent from the Storehouse Consciousness.
d) both a and b.
e) both b and c.

Question 6:


a) an understanding of death based on the Bardo Thodol
b) 'vipassana' (‘mindfulness’) meditation
c) visualization of sexual union between divine beings
d) mediation upon mandalas

Question 7:


a) It began the lineage of the Dalai Lamas.
b) It encourages meditation as the key to nirvana.
c) It emphasizes devotion, chanting, and worship.
d) It was introduced into China by Bodhidharma.

Question 8:


a) enlightenment comes through self-effort and not the assistance of a God.
b) individuals need to flow around any obstacles in their paths.
c) all caste duties are inescapable.
d) none of the above

Question 9:


a) Lotus Sutra
b) Abidharma
c) Heart Sutra
d) Platform Sutra

Question 10:


a) Hinayana
b) Therayana
c) Mahayana
d) Vajrayana

Question 11:


a) koan practice
b) rejection of rituals
c) vegetarianism
d) tantrism

Question 12:


a) It stresses the importance of non-attachment.
b) It allows its monks to marry.
c) It reveres the text of the Heart Sutra.
d) It requires its monks to subsist by begging.

Question 13:


a) Tibetan Buddhism of the Dalai Lama
b) Theravada Buddhism
c) Zen Buddhism (Mahayana)
d) Pure Land school (Mahayana)

Question 14:


a) Buddha, dharma, sangha
b) suffering, impermanence, no-soul
c) craving, attachment, anger
d) karma, rebirth, nirvana

Question 15:


a) ‘… His light can be extinguished through appropriate effort.’
b) ‘… Aaarrrrghh! Hot!!’
c) ‘… His enlightenment shines forth, illuminating the darkness.’
d) ‘… The oil, wick, and flame are One.’