Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Buddhism?
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How Much Do You Know About Buddhism?
By: Annette
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About This Quiz

Everything will be illuminated after you take this quiz. Clear your mind, focus on your breathing, embrace the peaceful being within you, and then kick some butt with this Buddhist trivia! With millions of followers and various philosophies and scriptures, Buddhism is one of the most diverse, welcoming and fascinating religions in the world. We all want more mindfulness in our lives, more peace and serenity, and Buddhism offers its followers just that. Looking for a little release from suffering? Buddhism is all about suffering! Well, not in a bad way. Rather, it seeks to help its followers understand their suffering and the earthy way to free themselves from it. 

According to Buddhism, you don't have to wait for heaven. You can experience it here on earth! Yay! Or... you might have to wait a few lives. But either way, we're about to explore one of the most ancient and treasured religions in our society. What you need to understand first is that Buddhism is a religion that is always changing. The Dalai Lama himself said that if science proves an aspect of Buddhism wrong, then Buddhism will change. Talk about having an open mind! Did you know that Steve Jobs was a Buddhist? In fact, he followed Zen Buddhism, which focuses on meditation to calm and quiet the mind to hear the truth. 

So, there you have it. If you conquer this quiz, you're the next Steve Jobs. Shoddy reasoning, but just go with it. 

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When a Buddhist reaches enlightenment, they experience a state of ________.
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What does the name "Buddha" mean?
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What is necessary to attain enlightenment?
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Who was the founder of Buddhism?
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When did the Buddha live?
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True or False: There are many interpretations of Buddhism.
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Followers of Buddhism acknowledge ______.
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What is true about the Buddha's beliefs concerning wealth?
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How long did it take the Buddha to reach enlightenment?
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Under what tree did enlightenment come upon the Buddha?
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What are the Buddha's most important teachings?
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Buddhism encourages the avoidance of _______.
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Where must followers of Buddhism worship?
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What do you call Buddhist monks?
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When did Buddhism become the state religion of India?
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What religion pushed Buddhism into the background during the Middle Ages?
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How many Buddhist followers are there today?
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Which of these is true in terms of how Buddhism relates to other religions?
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How many main types of Buddhism exist today?
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What do you call Buddha's teachings?
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Buddhists live by how prohibitive moral precept(s).
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“Meditation brings wisdom; lack of meditation leaves ________ .”
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“If anything is worth doing, do it with all your _______ .”
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The Four Noble Truths all have to do with ______ .
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What texts are known as the "three baskets"?
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The Book of the Dead comes from _______.
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Who is the leading monk in Tibetan Buddhism?
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How many Dalai Lamas have there been throughout history?
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What festival commemorates Buddha's birth?
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What is the name of the order of monks and nuns that have preserved the Buddha's teachings?
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