KS2 RE Quiz
The lotus flower represents purity.


Buddhism focuses on spiritual development in order to reach Enlightenment. Buddhism is an ancient religion - over 2,500 years old! Buddhists believe that wisdom can be learned by observation, by looking at the way things are, and that people are responsible for their own spiritual development.

Even if you are not a Buddhist and follow another religion, or no religion at all, it's interesting to find out what other people believe and why. It's good to know a little about each of the main religions and these KS2 RE quizzes will improve your knowledge of religion.

See how much you know about Buddhism by trying this quiz.

  1. Where does the Eightfold Path lead?
    This is happiness and peace
  2. In Buddhism, the lotus flower represents .......
    The lotus plant grows from the bottom of a muddy pool towards the light - its white flower symbolises purity, which blossoms into enlightenment
  3. Which symbol is used to represent the Noble Eightfold Path?
    The Dharma Wheel, or Dharmachakra, represents the cycle of birth and rebirth. A wheel with eight spokes reminds Buddhists of the Eightfold Path
  4. Whose teachings are the foundation of Buddhism?
    Siddhartha Gautama is believed by Buddhists to have achieved Enlightenment. He is more commonly referred to as the Buddha, which means the 'awakened one'
  5. Which one of these is NOT one of the Four Noble Truths?
    Buddhists do not believe in a personal god (a god with whom people can have a relationship). The fourth Noble Truth is that the way to change life is by following the Noble Eightfold Path
  6. Buddhists spend much time in meditation. What is meditation?
    When practising meditation, Buddhists train their minds to ignore distractions (including distracting thoughts), in order to become aware of what is truly important
  7. In which country did Buddhism begin?
    It is an Eastern religion
  8. What is Dharma?
    Dharma can also mean 'nature' and 'truth' - the Buddha's teachings are considered to describe the truth of the way things are
  9. A Buddhist place of worship is a .......
    Vihara is the name for a Buddhist monastery - they were originally built as shelters for wandering monks
  10. Buddhist teachings are found in the .......
    This is the Buddhist scripture

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