Take the quiz: Are you Buddhist? Do you have compatible views to
Are you a Buddhist? Do you have compatible views with
Answer these questions to find out:
Which (any or all) of the following
statements do you agree with?
1. I only believe in things I can see, hear, taste, touch, or smell.
2. "Seeing" can also be from the thinking mind with flashes of insight or
understanding while in concentration, relaxation, or deep meditation.
3. I believe that everyone is either born good or with a blank slate which
can become good or bad depending upon life choices, family upbringing,
peers, and culture. No one is born inherently or intrinsically "evil."
4. People must take responsibility for every facet of their life and stop
5. People will say or write all kinds of things which may or may not be
true. It is best to check and see for yourself if the statements or claims
are true or if they really work.
6. Rites, rituals, and religious ceremonies are a waste of time and are
empty of any real value toward reaching higher spiritual levels or God.
7. It is best to sit back and observe and reflect, rather than immediately
reacting to a situation, positive or negative.
8. I sometimes feel (or would like to feel) so connected to nature that
everything seems to be part of one living organism.
9. Sometimes it is best to let things happen, rather than trying to force
certain things to happen.
If you agree with five or more of the above statements, then you are either
a Buddhist or have compatible views with the principles of Buddhism.
All of the above statements were the ideas or words of the Buddha (563 B.C.
to 483 B.C.) who is considered the founder of Buddhism. The Buddha did not
consider himself to be a god or anything other than an ordinary man. He
expounded ideas which would later be proven by modern science and his
teachings are used throughout the world for inner and outer peace.
The Buddha taught non-violence, peace, the importance of personal
observation, and was opposed to religious dogma, doctrine, and extremism.
See also Definition of a Buddhist
by David N. Snyder, Ph.D.
A much better quiz, with more questions and interactive can be found at the
BeliefNet website here:
The results page on the BeliefNet quiz show how we are all inter-related, to
other Buddhists and also to others of different religions. Percentages are
shown as to which religions your beliefs most match and in virtually all
cases, you will score high percentages on at least five different religions
or sects of different religions.
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