Advent of Buddhism
1. In which year was Buddhism introduced to Sri Lanka?
2. Name the distinguished bhikkhus and others who accompanied Arahat
Mahinda to Mihintale.
3.By what name was the now famous Mihintale rock called in ancient
4. How did Arahat Mahinda address King Devanampiyatissa at the first
5. The king's intelligence was tested by Arahat Mahinda with a few
simple questions about a certain type of a tree. What kind of tree was
6. What was the sermon delivered by Arahat Mahinda at the first
meeting on the summit?
7. What was the name of the queen who expressed her desire to join
the order of bhikkunis, to Arahat Mahinda?
8. For how many days did Arahat Mahinda expound the simpler and
higher teachings of the Buddha at the invitation of King
9. Who arrived in Sri Lanka from India with a sapling of a bodhi
10. Where was the sapling planted?
11. By which name was the month of June reffered to in ancient days?
12. What does Triple Gem or Thisarana refer to?
13. By what name was the grassy plains comprising mango trees, where
the first meeting took place, called during the time of King
14. What are the Five Precepts (Panchasila )of Buddhism?
15. Who was the first Arahat of Sri Lanka?
1. On Poson Full Moon Poya Day in 236 B.C.
2. Iththiya,Uththiya,Sambala, Bhaddasala and Sumana Samanera. An
Upasaka named Bhanduka also came along with them.
3. It was called Missaka Pavva or Missaka Pabbata (Pali) Missaka
4. Arahat Mahinda addressed him as "Tissa".
5. Arahat Mahinda's first question to the King was about a mango
6. The Chulla Haththipadopama Sutta.
7. Queen Anula who attained Sovan status.
8. For seven days.
9.The sister of Arahat Mahinda, Bhikkhuni Sangamitta.
10 At Maha Meuna Uyana in Anuradhapura.
11. June was known as Jetta.
12. It refers to the Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha.
13. It was called Ambasthala.
14. The Five Precepts of Buddhism are:
To abstain from taking a life (killing); to abstain from taking what
is not mine or not given to me (stealing); to abstain from sensuous
misconduct (immorality); to abstain from false speech (lying) and to
abstain from intoxicants (drunkenness).
15. The Upasaka Bhanduka who was granted the lesser (Pabbajja) and
higher (Upasampada) ordination by the Sangha and attained arahanship
Titanic launch 100
years ago marked in Belfast
Dignitaries marked the 100th anniversary of the launch of the Titanic
from Belfast in Northern Ireland with a religious service and the firing
of a flare on May 31.
The ill-starred ocean liner slid down the slipway of the Harland and
Wolff shipyard, then the largest in the world, on May 31, 1911, a little
less than a year before she sank.
To mark the occasion, the Lord Mayor of Belfast and local dignitaries
attended a service at the docks. A flare was then launched at 1113 GMT
-- exactly a century on from the launch.
"No ship has gripped the world's imagination like RMS Titanic. Her
remarkable story begins at her birthplace in Belfast," said Niall
Gibbons, head of Tourism Ireland, which is involved in the memorial
An exhibition featuring more than 500 artefacts related to the
Titanic, some of them previously unseen,also opened on this day at the
Ulster Folk and Transport Museum in Northern Ireland.
The "unsinkable" liner hit an iceberg on its maiden transatlantic
voyage from Southampton on April 14, 1912, sinking in just over two and
a half hours and drowning 1,517 of her passengers and crew.
The last remaining survivor of the sinking, Millvina Dean, died
exactly two years ago in England at the age of 97. She was only nine
weeks old when the ship went down.