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Nhat Hanh
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which turning of the Fourth Noble Truth is the recognition that we are practicing to transform our difficulties and ceasing to ingest pain-causing nutriments?
(a) The first.
(b) The fourth.
(c) The second.
(d) The third.

2. What does the Fourth Mindfulness Training describe?
(a) The affirmation to speak truthfully and non-judgmentally, not cause division and discord, and resolve all conflicts.
(b) Forgetting our suffering.
(c) Transforming our suffering as well as the suffering of the world.
(d) Create a place of refuge for ourselves and others.

3. Are any views the absolute truth?
(a) Yes, some.
(b) Yes, many.
(c) Yes, only a few.
(d) No.

4. We need only to understand what about the other person?
(a) He or she is also compassionate.
(b) He or she is human.
(c) He or she has suffered for compassion to be born.
(d) He or she is like us.

5. We must practice what to understand the Four Noble Truths?
(a) Quiet.
(b) The twelve turnings of the wheel of Dharma.
(c) Patience.
(d) Mindfulness.

6. The first __________ of the nine levels of meditative concentration are called Dhyanas.
(a) The Four Dhyanas.
(b) The Five Dhyanas.
(c) The Three Dhyanas.
(d) The Two Dhyanas.

7. Hanh discourages what in the interest of ourselves and others?
(a) Losing sleep.
(b) Smoking.
(c) Drinking of any alcohol.
(d) Driving while intoxicated.

8. Right Diligence or Effort involves what?
(a) Preventing unwholesome seeds and returning them, finding ways to water and nourish the wholesome seeds that have already risen.
(b) Focusing on Right Thinking.
(c) Watching the behavior of others.
(d) Acting appropriately.

9. The first practice,______________________, is a deep understanding of the four Noble Truths of suffering, the making of it, the fact that it can be transformed, and its transformation.
(a) The Right Action.
(b) The Right Path.
(c) The Right View.
(d) The Right Thinking.

10. What is selective concentration?
(a) We accept little of what comes our way.
(b) We accept whatever comes along, dwelling in the present and remaining clear.
(c) We accept some of what comes our way.
(d) Focusing on one object, ignoring everything else.

11. The first four miracles of mindfulness belong to the first aspect of meditation known as __________.
(a) Shamhara.
(b) Samantha.
(c) Sithartha.
(d) Shamatha.

12. Generosity, sharing, cultivating love and kindness, and living simply, taking no more than our share, is what?
(a) Right Diligence.
(b) Right Thinking.
(c) Right Action.
(d) Right Concentration.

13. Many have embraced suffering for two thousand years as the primary principle of Buddhism, but Buddha taught us to recognize what and suffering?
(a) Fear.
(b) Joy.
(c) Sadness.
(d) Pain.

14. We can learn calming by recognition, acceptance, ________________, looking deeply and insight.
(a) Embracing.
(b) Introspection.
(c) Ignorance.
(d) Intelligence.

15. The third Mindfulness training is about what?
(a) Parental responsibilty.
(b) Sexual responsibility.
(c) Ingesting healthy foods.
(d) Community responsibility.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the Third Miracle of Mindfulness?

2. What is the third truth?

3. Buddhism is a practice to help what?

4. What does the author believe is perhaps responsible for much of our pain?

5. Speaking each person's individual language, like Bodhisattva, or writing a letter using Right speech, can do what?

(see the answer keys)

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