PAPER CODE 07 - HIGHER STAGE

Malaysian Buddhist Examination - Scope of Exam

HIGHER STAGE

PAPER CODE 07

  1. There will be ONE paper of THREE hours duration.
  2. The paper consists of Six Parts grouped under Three Sections namely:-
    • Section A:
      1. The Life of the Buddha.
      2. The History of Buddhism in India.
    • Section B:
      1. The Dhamma and Suttas.
      2. The Sangha (Arahants) and Lay followers.
    • Section C: General Buddhist Practices.
  • Candidates are expected to answer SIX questions, with TWO questions from each section.
  • All questions for this paper will be LONG QUESTIONS and candidates are expected to know, in addition to the above, the material in the syllabuses for the previous three stages.
  • Details of Syllabus:

    • Section A:
      1. The Life of the Buddha:
        From Birth to the Mahaparinibbana - in detail.
      2. The History of Buddhism:
        Emperor Asoka and his Missions - in detail.
    • Section B:
      1. The Dhamma and the Suttas:
        1. Dhamma (The Teachings);
          1. What is Buddhism?
          2. Is it a Philosophy?
          3. Is it a Religion?
          4. Is it an Ethical System?
        2. Kamma (Action):
          1. What is Kamma?
          2. How Kamma works?
          3. The nature of Kamma.
          4. Kamma Descent and Ascent.
        3. Bhava (Life):
          1. The Origin of Life.
          2. Reasons for believing in Rebirth.
          3. How Rebirth takes place.
        4. Paticca-samuppada (The Law of Dependent Origination):
          1. The Wheel of Life based on this Law.
        5. Okasa-Loka: The Planes of Existence.
        6. Anatta (The Doctrine of No Soul):
          1. Anatta Doctrine.
          2. Moral Responsibility.
        7. Nibbana (The Departure From Craving):
          1. What is Nibbana?
          2. Characteristics of Nibbana.
        8. The Way to Nibbana:
          1. Morality (Sila).
          2. Concentration (Samadhi) of Samatha by the method of Meditation.
          3. Insight (Vipassana) by the method of Meditation.
        9. The Arahant and the Bodhisatta Ideal.
        10. Attha-loka-dhamma (The Eight Worldly Conditions).
        11. The problems of Life.
        12. RATANA SUTTA (The Discourse on Jewels).
      2. The Sangha and Lay followers:-
        1. Brief knowledge of biographies of all leading arahants in detail.
        2. Knowledge of biographies of all leading lay followers in detail.
    • Section C: General Buddhist Practices.
  • Recommended Textbooks
    1. The Buddha and His Teachings: by Ven. Narada Thera.
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