How Enlightened Are You?

Steven Miller

How big of an ego would you say you have?

How connected to all living things do you feel?

How important are accolades and receiving praise to you?

How skeptical are you about the teachings of the Buddha?

Would you consider yourself to be more of a doubter or a person of faith?

How regularly do you feel like you're lost in a desert without a map?

How often do you find yourself just going through the motions of a ritual?

How important are repeating prayers or mantras to your spiritual practice?

Are fasting and other deprivation tasks something that you regularly use in your practice?

How tempting are sensual desires for you?

Do you struggle with any addictions?

Do you tend to hold grudges or are you good at letting things go?

When was the last time you were physically or verbally aggressive towards someone?

Would you say that you struggle with anger?

How regularly do you experience negative emotions like fear, anger and jealousy?

How regularly do you practice meditation?

What mindfulness practice is your favorite?

Do you believe in reincarnation?

What is your experience of Thanksgiving with your family?

What is generally your first reaction when someone judges you?

How often do you find yourself someplace else mentally while you do a mundane task?

How regularly do you compare your spiritual practice to others?

Do you consider your spiritual practice to be superior or inferior to others?

How proud are you of your spiritual accomplishments?

How much peace of mind do you have?

Are you more restless or content?

How common is it for you to feel like your mind is so full that you can't complete a thought?

How well do you feel you understand the Four Noble Truths?

Where are you at in your learning process of studying the middle path?

What is your relationship with Nirvana?

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About This Quiz

Enlightenment - it's what we all struggle to find in our lives. However, some have spent decades in practice, patience, and development to enter the fourth and final stage of enlightenment - Arahant. 

This is no easy task, as by this stage you have freed yourself from the tethers of ego and have had the opportunity to find yourself in a world many will never discover - Nirvana.

There is a long distance from start to end, and once you have found what you seek, you realize there is no end, just a long journey. Are you up for the challenge? If you're taking this quiz, we're sure you are. 

Whether you have recently seen the light or dharma and are stepping into your first phase of enlightenment - Sotāpanna, or are partially enlightened and likely to be reincarnated into a human for further transformation in the second phase - Sakadagami, you have chosen a path many have not. 

The questions on this quiz test your ever-evolving relationship with ego, the control you have over personal sacrifice and the time you take to meditate on your world, the world around you and eventually a clearer transformation. So, take a breath, calm your mind, and take this quiz to see if we can help you figure out how enlightened you are.

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