Revelation involves the 'revealing' of truth and, for many religions, is an important part of learning about God. Buddhists look to the teachings of the Buddha as their main source of revelation.
What is meant by "revelation"?
Keeping something hidden
Letting something that was hidden be shown
Giving people the wrong information
What is "general revelation"?
Something that is shown to one individual
Something that is only revealed in a dream
Something that can be available to anyone
What is "special revelation"?
Something that is shown to an individual, or sometimes a group
Something that people cannot understand
Why do some people believe that scripture reveals God?
The words were just made up by human beings
Changes have been made down the ages
God inspired the writers to put down what God wanted
How might the natural world reveal God?
God made the world so the world reflects what God sees as important
Humans can see whatever they want in the natural world
The natural world just happened through evolution
Why don't Buddhists believe in supernatural revelation?
They do not believe in supernatural revelation because they do not believe in God
They do not believe in supernatural revelation because the Buddha revealed himself in other ways
They do not believe in supernatural revelation because Buddhists do not believe in any form of revelation
What kind of general revelation do Buddhists believe in?
The creation of the world
The understanding of life that is achieved when enlightenment is reached
The understanding of God that comes through the lives and teachings of religious leaders
How do Buddhists believe that they can achieve the level of understanding required to reach enlightenment?
Through caring for others in the community
When do some Buddhists believe that special revelations have taken place in Buddhist history?
When the Sangha began
At the point of the Buddha's birth
When the Buddha left the palace
Who dreamt about an elephant entering her womb through her right side?
Queen Maya, the Buddha's mother
Yasodhara, the Buddha's wife
Prajapati, the Buddha's aunt