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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Who nominates Hanh for the 1966 Nobel Prize?
2. What body position does Hanh recommend for meditation?
3. What two conscious actions should precede taking a bite of food?
4. According to Hanh, what is often a barrier to happiness?
5. How is Hanh's presence still felt in Vietnam?
Short Essay Questions
1. What are the benefits of conscious breathing?
2. According to Hanh, why does Jesus ask His disciples to eat the bread during the Eucharist? How does this request help the disciples to live in the present?
3. According to Hanh, humankind is a product of the environment. In order to avoid confusion and loneliness, what must one do? Why is it difficult for humankind to follow Hanh's advice?
4. In "Driving Meditation" Hanh encourages the reader to view his or her vehicle as his or herself and to control the vehicle as such. How would conscious breathing facilitate one's control of a vehicle?
5. How does Hanh simplify the process of conscious breathing so that it is an easy practice?
6. Who is Thomas Merton? What is Merton's opinion of Hanh?
7. What are the fundamental building blocks for harmony? How does creating harmony in one's own life benefit peace in the world?
8. What is the Buddhist word for aimlessness? How does this word further extend the theme of living in the present?
9. In "Cookies of Childhood" what is the analogy between eating a cookie and living in the present?
10. What qualities does the dandelion possess that makes it a good choice as the recipient of lost smiles?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
In "Nourishing Awareness in Each Moment," Hanh compares our senses to windows. Using his comparison develop an essay that explores at least five similarities.
Essay Topic 2
In Hanh's anecdote about Buddha and the flower, only one monk had the courage to be himself. He was the only one who experienced the simple beauty of the flower and Buddha's smile. Discuss how being someone other than your true self can rob you of joy.
Essay Topic 3
Family members need to understand one another before living in harmony can be possible. Using mindfulness as a blueprint, explain how siblings can come to terms with the belief that Mom or Dad favors or has an easier relationship with another sibling.
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