The 10 Factors Of Life (Sgi Nichiren Buddhism)

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This is only for personal and for practice purposes only, and is in no way the official exam to be given by the SGI-USA organization to its members. I'll be adding more questions or expanding the quiz further. Thank you. The 10 factors are set forth in the 'Expedient Means,' the 2nd chapter of the Lotus Sutra, where it says: "The true aspect of all phenomena can only be understood and shared between Buddhas. This reality consists of the appearance, nature, entity, power, influence, internal cause, relation, latent effect, manifest effect, and their consistency from beginning to end. " (The Lotus Sutra and its Opening and Closing Sutras, p. 57)


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    This 1st question is just for polling purposes
    • A. 

      Are you an SGI Buddhist member

    • B. 

      Just curious about SGI and the 10 factors of life, so I'm feeling masochistic

    • C. 

      Not an SGI member but I am a Buddhist

    • D. 

      Not a Buddhist, nor an SGI Buddhist member

  • 2. 
    Appearance, nature, and entity describe
    • A. 

      The three Silmarils that were crafted by Feanor of Valinor during the Age of the Trees

    • B. 

      The reality of existence, of life itself

    • C. 

      The three truths of life: the truth of temporary (physical or material) existence or ketai, the truth of non-substantiality or spiritual aspect of life (kutai), and the truth of the middle way (or the force or energy that binds & harmonizes) both ketai & kutai, or chutai.

  • 3. 
    (for fun) Which phrase describes the closest the concept of appearance, nature, and entity
    • A. 

      Duct tape is like the force. It has a light side, a dark side, and it holds the universe together. ~Carl Zwanzig

    • B. 

      “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.” ~ Albert Einstein

    • C. 

      IF it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, it must be a duck...

    • D. 

      It is not accidental that all phenomena of human life are dominated by the search for daily bread - the oldest link connecting all living things, man included, with the surrounding nature. Ivan Pavlov

  • 4. 
    'Each of us lives in the framework of the 10 factors." ~ Daisaku Ikeda
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 5. 
    Power, influence, internal cause, relation, manifest effect, and consistence from beginning to end describes the energies and the function of cause & effect in an individual life
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 6. 
    Power, or nyo ze riki describes
    • A. 

      How deep meditation and continuous chanting will enable your skin cells to soak up and store sunlight for energy like a solar cell panel. Just be sure to hydrate.

    • B. 

      How you can shoot laser beams from your 3rd eye

    • C. 

      Life's inherent power or potential energy

  • 7. 
    For review, the 10 factors are the attributes common to life and its function.  The 10 worlds represent the potential life-conditions or states a person can 'experience' : Hell, hunger, animality, anger, humanity (tranquility), heaven (rapture), learning, realization, bodhisattva, and Buddahood It explains the diversity of life or how life differentiates. So for example, let's talk about Michael Jordan.  Before he won a championship.  In context, you know what he looks like, his physical abilities (appearance) and you already understand through history his 'nature' that he's very 'driven' to win a championship.  Let's say his 'drive' comes from his 'competitive nature' which comes from 'animality'.  And also from 'anger' because after a certain time he has proven to himself he's one of the best player in the world, therefore his selfish 'ego' (which characterizes the life state of an individual in the realm of anger); but he also understands that being the best isn't even enough to win a championship.  So using his 'power', or drive, he understands that only through promoting good teamwork & cooperation (humanity), he can have an 'INFLUENCE' upon his teammates to win a championship.  Right?
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 8. 
    So you would say then that Michael Jordan's desire or goal to win a championship is
    • A. 

      Because he just hates the Detroit Pistons.

    • B. 

      An 'INTERNAL CAUSE' or the causal root or seed that is dormant in his life.

    • C. 

      Prove he's better than Larry Bird or Magic Johnson

    • D. 

      Loves the game of basketball and he hates to lose.

    • E. 

      All of the above

  • 9. 
    One day, sometime after his team loses to the Detroit Pistons in the playoffs, AGAIN, Michael through his leadership (animality: somebody's got to be the alpha male, right? and he really hates the Pistons now..) shows up earlier for work, through example intensifies his training regime and practice together with his teammates (humanity).  This exemplifies 'RELATION', or indirect cause (both internal & external), that interacts with the internal cause of his life to produce an effect.  He and his teammates goal of winning a championship is the 'LATENT EFFECT', or potential in their lives. (again, this is just for example)
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 10. 
    With time and hard work, through teamwork (world of humanity), studying game tapes, good coaching & drills (world of Learning), intense competition with each game or practice they play, Michael and his teammate develop an instinct (world of Animality) and understanding (Realization) the strengths & weaknesses of their opponents as well as their own, and with each game they win (or lose) they develop their collective desire (HUNGER) to win...
    • A. 

      So Nike shoe company signs every member of the team to endorse a style of fashionable sports shoe

    • B. 

      ...strikes mortal fear and dread in the dark hearts of their opponents

    • C. 

      T his is the MANIFEST EFFECT, which results in their eventually winning a championship.

  • 11. 
    Consistency from beginning to end, then, is that manifested in Michael Jordan's team winning the championship, their desire and collective will towards it you could say that they became champions already in their heart we could say?
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

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