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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. At what age could Buddha do what he wanted "without going against the path," or practice the "action of non-action," stage of realization that must take place from within?
(a) One hundred.
(b) Eighty.
(c) Sixty.
(d) One hundred twenty.

2. How many months of mindfulness and enjoying the present moment brings real happiness, according to Hahn?
(a) Six to nine months.
(b) One to three months.
(c) Nine to twelve months.
(d) Three to six months.

3. Is concentration to ignore suffering?
(a) Frequently.
(b) Yes.
(c) No.
(d) Sometimes.

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

5. What is the fourth nutriment?
(a) Real food.
(b) Right Speaking.
(c) Consciousness.
(d) Meditation.

Short Answer Questions

1. The Discourse on the Four Establishments of Mindfulness notes how many objects for mindfulness practice?

2. Buddha suggests we replace unwholesome thoughts how?

3. What does the Fourth Mindfulness Training describe?

4. What is the most important aspect of Right Diligence?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What are two of the Miracles of Mindfulness? What is the importance of the first four Miracles of Mindfulness?

2. Describe the first stage of the Third Noble Truth and the second turning.

3. What does Buddha say about suffering and nirvana?

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

5. What is the fifth Mindfulness training? What does Hanh say about alcohol in this section?

6. How important is deep, quiet listening, mindful breathing, and meditation?

7. Describe two more Miracles of Mindfulness.

8. How can one find conditions for happiness that are already available?

9. What are the four nutriments? Describe these nutriments.

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

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