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According to the buddhist tradition what are the three characteristics of existence?
Suffering, impermanence, and no-self
The sacred geometric design used in vajraynua buddhist practice is called a
The term dukkha means
The term nirvana in buddhism refers to
state of enlightenment
What vow were the mahayna buddhist, both lay and monists encouraged to do
According to what mahayna school can we invoke the name of amithabha buddha to be reborn in hid realm and from there receive enlightenment?
Theravada buddhist practice a simple form of mediation called
To what does the buddhas prinirvana refer?
His death, and the moment of final release form the cycle of rebirth
The term arhat means
worthy one or saint
What is the gong an (Koan in Japanese)
a paradoxical anecdote that is specifically designed to force the student out of reason of word centered state of mind into a more intuitive body centered mode
To where according to tradition was buddhism taken by the monk mahinda to the third century?
The madhvamika (middle way) school was founded by
A stupa is
a mound or structure built over an important relic which becomes a pilgrimage site
The buddhas first sutra (discourse or sermon) was on
The middle way
The collection of birth stories or tales of buddhas previous lives are called
According to the traditional story of the buddha what did brahmins predict about his future when he was an infant?
That he would either become a great political leader or a fully enlightened being
What is the traditional place of the buddhas enlightenment, now a major pilgrimage site
Vajrayana is also known as
The term buddha literally means
fully enlightened one
According to most accounts approximately when did siddarhra Guatama live
Fifth to sixth century BCE
What are the three jewls or gems in buddhism
The buddha, the drama, and Sangha
The term anaatman means
no self no soul
In buddhist tradition mara is
the lord of illusion and death
Which of the following is NOT one of the four noble truths?
The cosmos has no beginning, middle or end
Who is the pot bellied happy buddha in Chinese culture derived from boddhisattva maltreya
What were the four sights that according to tradition siddatha guatama saw that caused him to leave his home life and become ascetic?
A sick man, an old man, a deadman, and a monk
The buddhist monastic community consists of ordained men and women called
Bhikshus and bhikshunis
To whom did the buddha deliver his first sutra
The five ascetics that were his former companies
What are the three main traditions or vechiles of buddhism
Theravada, Mahayna, and Vajrayana
Who is traditionally believed to have brought buddhism to tibet?
What title meaning thus gone one does the buddha most often refer to himself
What does the wheel of the becoming (Bhava-Chakra) represent?
the 12 links or stages of dependent origination
Where was the buddhist first sutra
the deer park sarnath near varnasi
According to buddhist tradition a spiritual being in the form of what entered the body of the mother of the buddha to become the embroyo of the buddha to be
A sacred white elephant
Modern socially active buddhism developed by vietnamese zen master is reffered to as
What great king converted to buddhism and helped spread it throughout india?
The term boddhisattva means
one who has dedicated himself to achieving buddhahood
Which boddhisattva of compassion in china is named
sometimes this bodhisttva is referred to as the virgin Mary of east Asia
In buddhist tradition the term dhrama means