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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. What are most individuals unwilling to do about an issue?
2. What should mindful living not do?
3. Who/what lives thanks to the "second heart"?
4. Which plant is used in Hanh's story about people looking for the reason why it failed to grow?
5. What is Hanh's attitude towards the Western cultures' treatment of parents?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the Buddhist concept of "interbeing?" Hanh gives an example of interbeing by stating that poverty cannot exist without wealth. Give at least two other similar examples.
2. In "The River of Feelings", what three types of feelings are discussed? Should one feeling be approached differently than another? Why or why not?
3. According to Hanh, how should an individual treat parents concerning their mistakes?
4. In "The Art of Mindful Living" Hanh remarks again about environmental issues. How can mindful living help environmental efforts?
5. How does the article "Investing in Friends" demonstrate Hanh's teaching on achieving world peace?
6. Why is it impossible to drop all of one's identity from the parents?
7. What steps can be taken to alleviate anger's control and transform it into a positive force?
8. Why should one meditate on an individual who has caused personal pain?
9. After calming an unpleasant feeling, what two additional steps should be taken to insure that the negative emotion is eradicated completely?
10. Hanh resurrects the concept of interbeing in "Healing the Wounds of War". What role does interbeing play in a veteran's life? Why?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
To keep from becoming goal oriented, Hanh views aimlessness as necessary. Using a realistic goal that an individual is trying to attain, explore how aimlessness could be detrimental.
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
A familiar adage which refers to stress in an individual is all tied up in knots. Compare/contrast the adage with the Buddhist's concept of "internal formations.
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