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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. Hanh suggests reframing the four Noble Truths, replacing "cessation" with what?
(a) Well-being.
(b) Ending.
(c) Beginning.
(d) Stopping.

2. Buddha said, "Where there is perception there is _________________."
(a) Deception.
(b) Confusion.
(c) Understanding.
(d) Anger.

3. Are suffering and joy both impermanent?
(a) Yes.
(b) Rarely.
(c) Usually.
(d) No.

4. What is the Seventh Miracle of Mindfulness?
(a) Forgiving.
(b) Understanding.
(c) Believing.
(d) Transformation of our suffering as well as the suffering of the world.

5. 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 Path.
(b) The Right Action.
(c) The Right View.
(d) The Right Thinking.

6. The Buddha said, "The moment you know how your suffering came to be, you are already _________________."
(a) On the path of release from it.
(b) Ignoring it.
(c) Passing your suffering on to others.
(d) Gaining more suffering.

7. Buddha suggests we replace unwholesome thoughts how?
(a) By asking Buddha to remove the unwholesome thoughts.
(b) By relaxing.
(c) By living in a wholesome environment with those who practice mindful living.
(d) By thinking of only wholesome thoughts.

8. Are rightness and wrongness subjective?
(a) Yes.
(b) No.
(c) Sometimes.
(d) Usually.

9. Should suffering be placed at the same level as impermanence and non-self?
(a) No.
(b) Sometimes.
(c) Usually.
(d) Yes.

10. The Discourse on the Four Establishments of Mindfulness notes how many objects for mindfulness practice?
(a) Six.
(b) Seven.
(c) Four.
(d) Five.

11. "Bodhichitta" is what?
(a) Our mind of love that motivates mindful living.
(b) A place to meditate.
(c) A follower of Buddha.
(d) A Buddhist monk.

12. Another reminder, "Hello, habit energy," reminds us to do what?
(a) Change our habits.
(b) Find moments to contemplate and be mindful, and acknowledge our habitual thinking and acting.
(c) Improve our habits.
(d) Forget our habits.

13. Mindful breathing, walking, smiling and looking can stop what?
(a) Your work.
(b) Your daily routines.
(c) Your understanding.
(d) The constant state of agitation we are in.

14. With what does the Discourse on Turning the Wheel of the Dharma have to do?
(a) Randomly choosing the path one should take.
(b) It compares the Wheel of Dharma to the Wheel of Fortune.
(c) Recognizing suffering and transforming it into "mindfulness, compassion, peace and liberation."
(d) Slowly help one to understand suffering.

15. What does it mean to look deeply?
(a) Vipashyana.
(b) Vinitu.
(c) Shamatha.
(d) Vipishtu.

Short Answer Questions

1. Hanh feels we need to be mindful of what?

2. Buddha claimed to have gone to the end of the path of suffering and gained what?

3. What is the Third Miracle of Mindfulness?

4. In the second turning we encourage ourselves to do what?

5. What is the second Miracle of Mindfulness?

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