The Branches of Buddhism: Theravada, Mahayana & Vajrayana


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How are the Tripitaka utilized in Theravada Buddhism?

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1. How does Mahayana Buddhism greatly support the idea of the bodhisattva?

2. Though Vajrayana Buddhism is believed to be the fastest way to reach nirvana, why is it considered very difficult?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

These assessment tools will help you evaluate your grasp of Buddhism. Topics appearing among the questions include the branches of Buddhism and the meaning of Nirvana.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz/worksheet pairing will ask you about the following:

  • Theravada
  • Mahayana
  • Vajrayana
  • Nirvana
  • The term for an individual who delays attaining Nirvana to help others

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on the branches of Buddhism
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as Theravada and Mahayana
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer a question about the role of Nirvana in Buddhism

Additional Learning

Explore this faith in more detail by reviewing the lesson called The Branches of Buddhism: Theravada, Mahayana & Vajrayana. The following key objectives will be covered:

  • Recognize the role of Nirvana
  • Differentiate between the three branches of Buddhism
  • Identify locations where forms of Buddhism are practiced
  • Define Arhat