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Buddhism
The lotus flower represents purity.

Buddhism

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?
To heaven
To Enlightenment, or Nirvana
To Dharma
To rebirth
This is happiness and peace
2.
What is Dharma?
The teachings of the Buddha
A statue found in a Buddhist temple
A person's past actions
A symbol of Buddhism
Dharma can also mean 'nature' and 'truth' - the Buddha's teachings are considered to describe the truth of the way things are
3.
Buddhist teachings are found in the .......
Bodhisattva
Vedas
Bible
Tripitaka
This is the Buddhist scripture
4.
In Buddhism, the lotus flower represents .......
Rebirth
Perfection
Purity
Strength
The lotus plant grows from the bottom of a muddy pool towards the light - its white flower symbolises purity, which blossoms into enlightenment
5.
Buddhists spend much time in meditation. What is meditation?
Meditation is exactly the same as prayer
Time spent relaxing
Time spent training the mind to become aware
Time spent solving problems
When practising meditation, Buddhists train their minds to ignore distractions (including distracting thoughts), in order to become aware of what is truly important
6.
Which one of these is NOT one of the Four Noble Truths?
Human suffering is caused by greed and selfishness
Life is full of suffering
There is only one God
It is possible to change human life and find happiness
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
7.
Which symbol is used to represent the Noble Eightfold Path?
The lotus flower
The image of Buddha
The Dharma Wheel
The deer
The Dharma Wheel, or Dharmachakra, represents the cycle of birth and rebirth. A wheel with eight spokes reminds Buddhists of the Eightfold Path
8.
A Buddhist place of worship is a .......
Church
Mosque
Gurdwara
Vihara
Vihara is the name for a Buddhist monastery - they were originally built as shelters for wandering monks
9.
In which country did Buddhism begin?
China
India
Japan
Malaysia
It is an Eastern religion
10.
Whose teachings are the foundation of Buddhism?
Confucius
Siddhartha Gautama
Mohandas Gandhi
Pali
Siddhartha Gautama is believed by Buddhists to have achieved Enlightenment. He is more commonly referred to as the Buddha, which means the 'awakened one'

 

Author:  Sheri Smith

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