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Buddhism General Knowledge Questions

1.

Which Buddhist monk converted Milinda (Indo-Greek king) to Buddhism?
[A]Nagasena
[B]Gautam Budha
[C]Shakyamuni
[D]Mahadharmaraksita

Nagasena
The Indo-Greek king, Milinda (or Menander I ) was converted to Buddhism by Nagasena (or Nagarjuna), a Buddhist monk and philospher. Before becoming a Buddhist, Menander asked Nagasena many questions relating to Buddhism.These questions and Nagasena’s answers are recorded in a form of book known as ‘Milindapanho (or The Questions of Milinda).

2.

What was the name of Gautam Buddha’s only son?
[A]Rahul
[B]Channa
[C]Kanthala
[D]Chunda

Rahul Rahul was the only son of Gautama Buddha and his wife Yasodhara, born at 534 BC.

3.

At which age Gautam Buddha got Nirvana?
[A]24
[B]35
[C]38
[D]42

35 Gautam Buddha was born at Lumbini, Kapilvastu in 563 BC. At the age of 35 years, Gautam Buddha attained Nirvana (or enlightment) under a pipal tree at Bodh Gaya on the bank of river Niranjana.

4.

During whose reign the Third Buddhist Council was organized?
[A]Ashoka
[B]Kalasoka
[C]Ajatsatru
[D]Kanishka

Ashoka The Third Buddhist Council was held at Patliputra during the reign of Emperor Ashoka. It was held under the Presidentship of Moggliputra Tissa to revise scriptures.

5.

In which Buddhist council, Buddhism was divided into Sthaviravadins and Mahasanghikas?
[A]Second Buddhist council
[B]Third Buddhist council
[C]First Buddhist council
[D]Fourth Buddhist council

Second Buddhist council In the second Buddhist council, Buddhism was divided into Sthaviravadins and Mahasanghikas.

6.

Which among the following is not among Ashtamahasthanas?
[A]Lumbini
[B]Rajgriha
[C]Vajrayana
[D]Taxila

Taxila The holy places where the four principal events of the Buddha’s life took place are Lumbini (birth), Bodh Gaya (Enlightenment), Sarnath (First Sermon), Kusinagar (Death took place). Apart from these four places, there are another four holy places viz. Sravasti, Rajgriha, Vaishali and Vajrayana, these eight holy places are known as Ashtamahasthanas.

7.

Which of the following Pala ruler founded the Somapuri University?
[A]Gopala
[B]Kumarpala
[C]Dharmapala
[D]Ramapala

Dharmapala The Somapuri University is situated at North Bengal and was founded by Dharmapala, the Pala ruler.

8.

Which among the following University was founded by Ramapala, the ruler of Pala dynasty?
[A]Somapuri
[B]Vallabhi
[C]Jagadal
[D]Odantpuri

Jagadal Jagadal is situated in Bengal and was founded by Ramapala, the Pala ruler.

9.

Which among the following Bodhisattva holds thunderbolt?
[A]Vajrapani
[B]Manjushri
[C]Maitreya
[D]Amitabha

Vajrapani The Bodhisattva, Vajrapani, holds a thunderbolt like the deity Indra of Hinduism and fights against evil and sin. Avlokitesvara or Padmapani is the lotus bearer; Majushri holds a book describing 10 paramitas ( spiritual perfections); Maitreya is the future Buddha; Ksitigarbha is the bodhisattva of hell-beings and guardian of purgatories; while Amitabha is Buddha of heaven and the Buddha of Immeasurable Life and Light.

10.

Gautma Buddha’s mother ‘Mahamaya’ belongs to which tribe?
[A]Pala
[B]Gupta
[C]Kushan
[D]Koliya

Koliya
Gautma Buddha’s mother ‘Mahamaya’ belonged to Koliya tribe and she married Suddhodhana, who was a king of Sakya clan. The Sakya and Koliya ruled on opposite banks of the Rohni river in current Rupendehi District of Lumbini, Nepal. Both of them were republics.

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