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The Three Refuges - Buddha, Dhamma & Sangha

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What are the three refuges?
A The Teacher (Buddha)
B The Future Buddha (Bodhisattva)
C The God (Deva)
D The Buddha's Teachings (The Dhamma)
E The Buddha's Disciples (The Sangha)


Why are they being considered as Refuges?
A They protect one through their blessings.
B They have the potential of protecting those who follow the virtues they manifested.
C They shelter one from falling into the undesirable if you believed in them.
D They are the objects of faith and wholesomeness for one to practice to gain confidence.
E They can enlightened one if we chant their virtues daily.


Can I be a Buddhist if I did not take refuge in the Triple Gems?
A No, to become a Buddhist, the basic entry is to take refuge in the Triple Gems.
B Yes, a Buddhist is not merely believing in the Triple Gems but how we imitate their values into our life.
C Yes, Buddhists are doers not believers.
D Yes, the True Triple Gems in to be found internally, the external refuges served as a guide.
E No, a Buddhist must have strong confidence in the Triple Gems and obey every rules set by the Triple Gems.


How do we take refuge in the Triple Gems?
A It must be witnessed by at least one member of the monk / nun.
B One must be sprinkled with holy water blessed / chanted by a monk / nun.
C One must kneel and bow down on the floor while reciting
                        "Namo Tassa, Bhagavato, Arahato, Samma-sam-Buddhasa."
D By acknowledge the virtues of the Triple Gems through Right Understanding and determine to follow them.
E One take refuge by imitating the virtues and values of the Triple Gems in our action, speech and thought.


What are the do and don't after I took refuge in the Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha?
A One must not kills, steal, involve in sexual misconduct, lies and taking drugs and liquor
B One must only visit Buddhist's temple and not of others' religion.
C One shall donate 10% of one's monthly earning to the monks / temples.
D One shall avoid evils, do good and purify the mind.
E One shall practice generosity, improve our morality and develop the mind.


Can I denounced Buddhism if I find the Teaching is no longer suitable to me later ?
A Yes, but you shall be considered as an "Out-caste" or "Paria"
B Yes, Buddhism is not a religion of rites and rituals nor beliefs but be-lived.
C Yes, and you will forever condemn to hell.
D No, you will be considered as "traitor" and you will be sanctioned by the Buddhist communities.
E Yes, It is not what you believe that make you a "Buddhist" but what you do.


What are the proper ways of paying homage to the Triple Gems?
A Pray for good health, wealth and happiness.
B Contemplate the virtues of the Triple Gems and make aspiration to follow them.
C By burning a lots of Incense and offer a lots of  flowers and candles
D Chant loudly the virtues of the Triple Gems at least twice daily.
E Make the virtues of the Triple Gems part of our daily practice.


What are the virtues of the Buddha?
A He hears those who chant "Namo Buddhaya" and immediately tender to their needs.
B He is the teacher of gods and man.
C He is forever omni-present.
D He is fully enlightened and proficient in knowledge and conduct.
E He is a welfarer as he work for the welfare and happiness of mankind.


What are the virtues of the Dhamma - the teachings of the Buddha?
A To be realized by oneself here and now.
B It produces immediate results.
C It is beautiful in the beginning by the way of hearing, beautiful in the middle by way of practicing
    and beautiful in the end by way of attainment.
D It can be challenged and inviting one to "come and see"
E It can be experienced by all, each for himself.


What are the virtues of the Sangha - the disciples of the Buddha?
A They possess good conduct as well as upright conduct.
B They are worthy of gifts for their wise and dutiful conduct.
C They represent the Buddha based on their hierarchy in the absent of the Buddha.
D They are worthy of reverential salutation because of their morality and concentration
E They are automatic promoted a level higher in term of virtues and wisdom when they wore the saffron robes.