Quiz: Your Enlightenment IQ


From a Buddhist standpoint, there's more to Nirvana than a defunct band from Seattle. See how much you know about the state of deathless peace and bliss.
Q1. Which of the following is not a synonym for enlightenment?
1. Satori
2. Kicking back
3. Annhilation of the ego
4. Awakening
5. Realization
Q2. When a student asked Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, author of "Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind," what enlightenment was like, he replied:
1. "Unexcelled sublime bliss."
2. "You tell me. You're already there."
3. "Form is emptiness; emptiness is form."
4. "Why do you want to know? You might not like it."
Q3. In Tibetan Buddhism, the bodies of some greatly realized yogis are said to transform into:
1. Nectar
2. Rainbows
3. Molten lava
4. Yak butter
Q4. In a famous Zen koan, a monk asks if a dog has buddha-nature. Master Joshu, whose response sparked the monk's awakening, replies:
1. "Silly question. Don't ask."
2. "Woof."
3. "Moo."
4. "Mu" (Japanese for "no" or "nothing.")


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