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Emptiness in Buddhist philosophy


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Which best describes emptiness?

    • A.

      Nihilism

    • B.

      Nothingness

    • C.

      Somethingness

    • D.

      Somewhere in between B and C

    Correct Answer
    D. Somewhere in between B and C
    Explanation
    The concept of emptiness can be understood as a state that lies between nothingness and somethingness. It refers to a condition where there is a lack of substance or meaning, but it is not completely void or non-existent. Emptiness suggests a middle ground between the extremes of absolute nothingness and having some form of existence or presence. This answer captures the essence of emptiness by acknowledging its position between nothingness and somethingness.

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  • 2. 

    True or False: Plato is an advocate of Buddhist philosophy.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The correct answer is False. Plato is not an advocate of Buddhist philosophy. Plato was a Greek philosopher who lived in the 4th century BCE and is known for his own philosophical system called Platonism. Buddhist philosophy, on the other hand, originated in India and is based on the teachings of Gautama Buddha. These two philosophical systems have different beliefs and principles, making it inaccurate to claim that Plato is an advocate of Buddhist philosophy.

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  • 3. 

    Which of the following is the Sanskrit for 'Emptiness'?

    • A.

      Sunhatya

    • B.

      Sunyata

    • C.

      Sunahata

    • D.

      Sunyatha

    Correct Answer
    B. Sunyata
    Explanation
    Sunyata is the correct Sanskrit term for 'Emptiness'. In Buddhist philosophy, Sunyata refers to the concept of emptiness or voidness, which suggests that all phenomena lack inherent existence or independent self-nature. It is the understanding that nothing possesses an inherent, permanent, or independent essence. This concept is central to the Mahayana school of Buddhism and is often associated with the teachings of Nagarjuna.

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  • 4. 

    Who is the author of the MMK, who's positions on emptiness include examples shown in Motion and Fire and Fuel? (omit accents)

    Correct Answer
    Nargarjuna
    nargarjuna
    Explanation
    The author of the MMK, who's positions on emptiness include examples shown in Motion and Fire and Fuel, is Nargarjuna.

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  • 5. 

    Emptiness means phenomena are dependently arisen so it is a combination of things which determines the identity of an object.

    • A.

      Yes, I agree with the above statement.

    • B.

      Maybe, I partly agree with the above statement. Emptiness is dependently arisen but also can exist inherently, for example fuel can exist without fire.

    • C.

      No, I disagree with the above statement. Emptiness means that phenomena have their own intrinsic existence, that's why it's called empty because they can exist on their own without anything else.

    Correct Answer
    A. Yes, I agree with the above statement.
    Explanation
    The given correct answer agrees with the statement that emptiness means phenomena are dependently arisen and that it is a combination of things that determines the identity of an object. This means that objects do not exist inherently on their own, but rather their existence is dependent on various factors.

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  • 6. 

    Why Emptiness?

    • A.

      To help Buddhists on the path to Enlightenment

    • B.

      To help Buddhists step closer towards escaping the cycle of Samsara and alleviate suffering

    • C.

      What's the point in thinking everything is empty?

    Correct Answer
    B. To help Buddhists step closer towards escaping the cycle of Samsara and alleviate suffering
    Explanation
    It's not A! This does not give you direct entry onto the path of Enlightenment!

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  • 7. 

    On the videos page, a Lama speaks about the emptiness of what household item?

    • A.

      Flask

    • B.

      Mug

    • C.

      Cup

    • D.

      Vacuum

    Correct Answer
    C. Cup
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Cup. A Lama speaks about the emptiness of a cup on the videos page. This suggests that the Lama is discussing the concept of emptiness in relation to a common household item, emphasizing the transient and impermanent nature of objects.

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  • 8. 

    The 5 Skandhas are made up of which things?

    • A.

      Form, sensations, perceptions, mental formations and consciousness

    • B.

      Form, sensations, eyesight, brain capacity, consciousness

    • C.

      Form, feelings, perceptions, brain capacity, awareness

    • D.

      Look, read, cover, write, check

    Correct Answer
    A. Form, sensations, perceptions, mental formations and consciousness
    Explanation
    The 5 Skandhas are a concept in Buddhism that describe the components of an individual's existence. They are form, sensations, perceptions, mental formations, and consciousness. This concept suggests that our existence is not a singular entity but rather a combination of these five elements. Form refers to the physical body, sensations are the experiences we feel, perceptions are our interpretations of those experiences, mental formations are our thoughts and emotions, and consciousness is our awareness of all these elements.

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  • 9. 

    The cycle of Samsara is which of the following?

    • A.

      The cycle of suffering

    • B.

      The wheel of Birth

    • C.

      The circle of Life

    Correct Answer
    A. The cycle of suffering
    Explanation
    The cycle of Samsara refers to the continuous process of birth, death, and rebirth in various forms of existence. It is characterized by suffering and the inability to escape the cycle unless one attains enlightenment. This answer, "The cycle of suffering," accurately describes the nature of Samsara as a perpetual cycle of pain and dissatisfaction.

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  • 10. 

    What 'C' according to Buddhism often accompanies 'Emptiness'

    • A.

      Coldness

    • B.

      Compassion

    • C.

      Coincidence

    • D.

      Cuddles

    Correct Answer
    B. Compassion
    Explanation
    According to Buddhism, compassion often accompanies emptiness. This is because emptiness refers to the concept that all things lack inherent existence, and understanding this leads to a deep sense of interconnectedness and empathy towards all beings. Compassion arises from the recognition of suffering and the desire to alleviate it, making it a natural response to the understanding of emptiness. Therefore, compassion is closely linked to the concept of emptiness in Buddhism.

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  • 11. 

    I learned alot about Emptiness from this website.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    • C.

      I don't know.

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. True
    B. False
    C. I don't know.
    Explanation
    The given answer options "True," "False," and "I don't know" are all possible responses to the statement "I learned a lot about Emptiness from this website." The answer could be true if the person indeed learned a lot about Emptiness from the website. It could be false if they did not learn anything or learned very little. "I don't know" is a valid response if the person is unsure or cannot determine if they learned a lot about Emptiness from the website.

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