How Buddhist Are You?

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How Buddhist Are You? - Quiz

A quiz to test your knowledge of the life of Nichiren, history of Buddhism and the Soka Gakkai, and other silly things this quiz author can brainstorm to while away the time of Nichiren Buddhist practitioners.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Many people associate Buddhist religious practice with silent, interior meditation. But the practice of vocalizing, reciting and chanting various teachings has played a vitally important role in the history of Buddhism. Nichiren’s practice of chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo encompasses both. Rather than simply exploring and withdrawing into the private realms of the inner life, our religious practice is focused on bringing forth our highest inner potential in relation to and for the benefit of our fellow humans and human society.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

    • C. 

      Neither - it's all nothingness

    • D. 

      Both - it's all Tao

  • 2. 
    Which came first?  The Buddha or enlightenment?
    • A. 

      There's this tree in India called the 'bodhi' tree, so it's got to be the tree [of enlightenment] that came first. (I think)

    • B. 

      An ascetic, a mendicant, and a Spartan walked into a bar...

    • C. 

      It was the chicken, a cosmic chicken that had to be domesticated somewhere in the jungle of Asia after the dinosaurs died out and...what was the question again?

    • D. 

      All of the above

    • E. 

      None of the above --- for now

  • 3. 
    What is the purpose of life? If one were to express this in just a word, it would have to be "____________." The purpose of education must therefore accord with the purpose of life. ' ~ Tsunesaburo Makiguchi
  • 4. 
    When was Nichiren Daishonin born and where?
    • A. 

      10th day of the 9th month of 1271, on the beach near Tatsunokuchi (The Dragon's Mouth)

    • B. 

      The year of the Tiger, hour of the Ox, in the capital of Kamakura

    • C. 

      16th day of the 2nd month, 1222, in a fishing village of Kataumi

  • 5. 
    The invocation of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo was established by Nichiren on _______ (date & month).   Having studied widely among all the Buddhist sutras, he had concluded that the Lotus Sutra contains the ultimate truth of Buddhism: that everyone without exception has the potential to attain Buddhahood.
    • A. 

      June 3, 1942

    • B. 

      May 1, 1253

    • C. 

      February 10, 1222

    • D. 

      April 28, 1253

  • 6. 
    In the Gohonzon, a scroll on which are inscribed Chinese and Sanskrit characters, Nichiren symbolically depicted the life state of ___________, which all people possess.
    • A. 

      Hunger

    • B. 

      Animality

    • C. 

      Inner Peace

    • D. 

      The 'Schwartz'

    • E. 

      Buddhahood

  • 7. 
    "It takes ______ to become happy -- ______ to remain true to one's convictions, ______ not to be defeated by one's weaknesses and negativity, _______to take swift action to help those who are suffering."
  • 8. 
    What are the 'Ten Worlds'?
    • A. 

      They constitute the worlds of Hel, Nifflheim, Jotunheim, Nidavellir, Svartalfheim, Midgard, Alfheim, Vanaheim, Asgard, and which all are founded on Ygdrassil

    • B. 

      Courtship, Infancy, Go-Go, Adolescence, Prime, Stability, Aristocracy, Recrimination, Bureaucracy, Death

    • C. 

      Larry, Moe, Curly, Curly Joe, Shemp, Beppo, Zeppo, Groucho, Dagwood, Blondie

    • D. 

      Appearance, nature, entity, power, influence, inherent cause, relation, latent effect, manifest effect, and their consistency from beginning to end.

    • E. 

      Hell, hunger, animaility, anger, tranquility, rapture, learning, realization, bodhisattva, and Buddha

  • 9. 
    The teachings of Nichiren thus stress the transformation, rather than the elimination, of ____.  ________ and attachments are seen as fueling the quest for enlightenment. As he is recorded as teaching: "Now Nichiren and others who chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo...burn the firewood of earthly _______  and behold the fire of enlightened wisdom..."
  • 10. 
    Again, contrary to certain assumptions, Buddhism does not consider (1)____ to be fixed and unchangeable. Our (2) _____ energy, which Buddhist texts describe as the "raging current" of the alaya-consciousness (8th consciousness0, interacts with the other layers of consciousness. It is at this deepest level that human beings exert influence upon one another, on their surroundings and on all life.
    • A. 

      (1) karma; (2) karmic

    • B. 

      (1) the universe; (2) universal

    • C. 

      (1) life ; (2) lifestate

    • D. 

      (1) our constitution; (2) constituent

    • E. 

      (1) the 'Force' ; (2) the Jedi's energy

  • 11. 
    The belief of some is like ____ while that of others is like water. When the former listen to the teachings, their passion flares up like ___, but as time goes on, they tend to discard their faith. To have faith like water means to believe continuously without ever regressing. ~ Writings of Nichiren, pg. 899
  • 12. 
    Who is the 'mentor'?
    • A. 

      A person who expounds the principles of the Ongi Kuden, the Orange Catholic Bible and the Maka Shikan

    • B. 

      My shop teacher, Mr. Saganaki

    • C. 

      Basically, it's a person who expounds the principles of the Lotus Sutra

    • D. 

      The world is my teacher

  • 13. 
    Who is the 'disciple'?
    • A. 

      Fetches firewood, washes the dirty laundry and makes tea for his seniors in faith and waits with indomitable patience for pearls of wisdom that will be taught to him when they're good & ready in a decade or three. You will be referred to as 'grasshopper' or 'red spider monkey.'

    • B. 

      A person who practices this faith and embodies the vow of the mentor

    • C. 

      "There can only be one!"

    • D. 

      Gives his life away for the sake of his/her family and ancestors through absolute obedience to the emperor, your commanding officers, and the perfect recipe for egg salad.

  • 14. 
    "Buddhism is put into action through 'jihi,' meaning _____. 'Ji' is to offer joy to others, and 'hi' means to alleviate their pain."  ~ Josei Toda
  • 15. 
    Faith in the Daishonin’s Buddhism is always based on the ___. We practice the ___, and we spread the ___. Achieving the lofty and great objectives of attaining Buddhahood in this lifetime and realizing kosen-rufu require that we unite in spirit and advance with unity of purpose. Toward that end a teacher who correctly practices the ___ is vital.
  • 16. 
    The ____-_____relationship has always been a key to Buddhist practice. In the Lotus Sutra, Shakyamuni exhorted his disciples to always practice the sutra true to the spirit in which it was taught. But the aim of the ____-______relationship in Buddhism is not that the mentor exacts obedience from the disciple, but that the mentor seeks to train the disciple to achieve an even greater state of development than that of the mentor.
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