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Nhat Hanh
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. 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 View.
(c) The Right Thinking.
(d) The Right Path.

4. Hanh suggests what to remind us to use right speech on the telephone?
(a) A gatha.
(b) A dance.
(c) A poem.
(d) A phrase.

5. If we destroy living beings or the environment with what we eat, we are eating what?
(a) The flesh of our children.
(b) Trash.
(c) Ourselves.
(d) Life.

Short Answer Questions

1. Many have embraced suffering for two thousand years as the primary principle of Buddhism, but Buddha taught us to recognize what and suffering?

2. What is the second turning?

3. Suffering, its recognition, making, and the path out of it are all ___________, as are the Four Noble Truths.

4. The first __________ of the nine levels of meditative concentration are called Dhyanas.

5. Buddhism is a practice to help what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the author say about the Discourse on the Four Establishments of Mindfulness?

2. What is Right Mindfulness?

3. What does Hahn suggest we do about our habit energies?

4. Describe the third turning of the wheel of Dharma.

5. What is Right Diligence or Effort?

6. What is the Fourth Mindfulness Training?

7. How should one speak the truth?

8. Describe the first two turnings of the wheel of Dharma.

9. What did Siddhartha Gutama teach?

10. What is selective concentration?

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