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Buddhism 01
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Buddhism 01

This KS3 RE quiz takes a look at Buddhism. The Dalai Lama is a spiritual leader of Buddhism. Buddhism is one of the most populous religions in the world, with approximately half a billion followers. The 2011 Census for England and Wales recorded 248,000 Buddhists, with 13,000 recorded in the Scottish census of the same year.

Buddhism is an ancient religion, which focusses on the path to Enlightenment, or nirvana, in which suffering and evil are overcome. Unlike most other religions, Buddhism does not believe in a personal God or gods. Until achieving enlightenment, a person lives through cycles of birth and rebirth, always subject to the laws of karma. Meditation and mindfulness are key to breaking free from the negative thoughts and habits to which a person has been conditioned. "Karmic conditioning" refers to those habits and patterns of thought built up over time. These can either be good or harmful. To Buddhists, all life is interconnected and therefore compassion is extremely important.

1.
The Dalai Lama says that the purpose of life is to:
Be happy
Search for the true God
Worship many Gods
Worship one God
He teaches that the more we care for the happiness of others, the greater our own sense of well-being
2.
The Dalai Lama (the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people) is noted for his campaigning on what subject?
Armed resistance
Global warming
Opposition to violence
The environment
He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989
3.
Karma is the belief that people's present actions will affect them in the future. Which of the following might be called "bad karma"?
Compassion
Generosity
Greed
Kindness
Negative actions are believed to result in a negative reaction
4.
With which religion is Buddhism most closely associated?
Christianity
Islam
Judaism
Hinduism
Both originated in India, both emphasise compassion and non-violence and both stress the importance of karma
5.
Siddhartha Gautama was the founder of Buddhism. How is he most usually referred to:
The Buddha
The Buddleia
The Buddowa
The Buddaka
Siddhartha Gautama was an ordinary human being who become enlightened. Buddhists look back to him as the person who found the truth of reality and this inspires them to find the truth
6.
A mandala is used for what purpose?
An aid to meditation
Eating food
Heating water
Keeping away evil spirits
It's worth a Google image search to see how wonderfully intricate and colourful mandalas are!
7.
The goal of Buddhists is to be free from suffering, greed, hatred and delusion. What is the name given to this state?
Birvana
Nirvana
Sirvana
Tirvana
Nirvana is understood as the end of attachment in life and therefore freedom from karma
8.
With which of the following words could Buddhist best be associated?
Colourful
Dour
Grey
Sombre
Try searching Google images for "Buddhist" and you will see that colour is very important to Buddhists
9.
A particular branch of Buddhism attempts to understand the meaning of life without being misled by logical thought. What is the name given to this?
Conformist
Conventional
Orthodox
Zen
Zen Buddhism emphasises meditation and is associated with Japan
10.
Buddhism teaches that we should .....
Let others control our lives
Not be concerned about anything that happens
Develop a state of consciousness
Write down everything we see
"Consciousness" might also be thought of as "awareness"
Author:  Sheri Smith

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