RELG252 Self-Test Questions

RELG252 Self-Test Questions - Self-Test Questions The...

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Self-Test Questions The Background to Buddhism Self Test Questions 1. What were the two chief cities of the Indus Valley civilization situated on the river Indus? 2. How long did the Indus valley civilization last? 3. What role did the Mother Goddess and yoga play in the religion of the Indus Valley? 4. What was soma? 5. How many Vedas are there, and which is the most important? 6. What was innovative about the teachings of the Upani?ads? 7. What do the Upanishads mean when they proclaim "Tat tvam asi" and 'Brahmo 'ham"? 8. Describe the pattern of social change that was taking place in the Buddha's day. 9. What goal did the 'wanderers' (parivrajakas) seek, and what methods did they use to attain it? 10. How do Buddhist teachings about the absence of a soul (atman) cause difficulty for the doctrine of karma? 11. Chapter 1 Self Test Questions 1. Name three religions that have a linear view of time. 2. What is a kalpa? 3. In what months of the year does the monsoon come in India? 4. Which Indian texts first mention the idea of reincarnation, and at what date?
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5. Into which two main categories does Buddhist cosmology divide the universe? 6. Which Buddhist text mentioned in this chapter contains a creation myth? 7. Can you name the six realms of rebirth? 8. How many planes of existence are there in total in the Buddhist universe? 9. What is the literal meaning of the word "karma?" 10. What is pu.nya? Chapter 2 Self Test Questions 1. Name two textual sources that provide information about the Buddha's life. 2. Where was the Buddha born? 3. How old was he when he died? 4. What were the names of the Buddha's parents? 5. What were the "four signs" the Buddha saw when he went outside the palace? 6. Did the Buddha have any children? 7. How old was the Buddha when he a) renounced the world; b) gained enlightenment? 8. Who is Mara? 9. What is the English title of the Buddha's first sermon? 10. What was done to the Buddha's body after he died? 11. 12. Chapter 3 Self Test Questions 1. What are the "three jewels"?
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2. What are the three aspects of suffering distinguished in Buddhist texts? 3.
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This note was uploaded on 12/23/2010 for the course RELG 252 taught by Professor Professorsharma during the Fall '08 term at McGill.

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