The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. When we appreciate what, we can find conditions for happiness that are already available?
(a) Our senses.
(b) Our homes.
(c) Our friends.
(d) Our belongings.

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

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

4. Our perceptions are affected by what?
(a) Everything subjective in our lives, positive and negative.
(b) Our ignorance.
(c) Our own thoughts.
(d) How we have been raised.

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

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

7. What is Smriti?
(a) The Prankrit word for mindfulness.
(b) The Sanskrit word for mindfulness.
(c) The Thai word for mindfulness.
(d) The Hindi word for mindfulness.

8. To whom does the author suggest going and showing your pain?
(a) The Buddha.
(b) God.
(c) Your parent.
(d) Yourself.

9. Mindful breathing and meditation can help us with what?
(a) Compassionate acting.
(b) Compassionate speaking.
(c) Compassionate thinking.
(d) Compassionate listening.

10. _____________ come with right diligence and mindfulness training.
(a) Peace and prosperity.
(b) Love and compassion.
(c) Joy and ease.
(d) Calm and quiet.

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

12. The practice of the Five Mindfulness Trainings addresses what?
(a) The "bad" we ingest.
(b) The "good" we ingest.
(c) The nutriments.
(d) The "goods" we ingest.

13. It is vital to keep our bodies, hearts and minds open to truth rather than what?
(a) Lies.
(b) Misunderstanding.
(c) Ignoring the truth.
(d) Comparing the teachings to what we already believe.

14. "_______________ is at the heart of Buddha's teachings."
(a) Right Diligence.
(b) Right Concentration.
(c) Right Mindfulness.
(d) Right Action.

15. Looking deeply in meditation is important, but what else is fundamental?
(a) Enjoying life.
(b) Not thinking.
(c) Stopping to do so.
(d) Relaxing.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Hanh suggest the reader to write the words, "Are you sure?" where they can be seen, and "What am I doing?"

2. Mindful breathing helps us find what?

3. Writing is a "deep practice" and should be done knowing our words will do what?

4. Buddha taught the Eightfold Path until when?

5. What is the second turning?

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