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

Nhat Hanh
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What is the fourth nutriment?

3. We are always giving our attention to something, and it often does what?

4. What does the wheel of Dharma teach?

5. How must one use suffering?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do we suffer?

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

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

4. What is suffering?

5. What comprises Buddhism?

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

7. What is the Right View?

8. What is the practice of the Five Mindfulness Trainings?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Concentration is not to ignore suffering but to be deeply present.

Part 1) What is your definition of concentration? How does it compare to this definition?

Part 2) According to this book, what types of concentration exist? What is the purpose of all these types of concentration and various levels?

Part 3) how is concentration connected to other aspects of Buddhism? How does it lead Nirvana and paradise?

Essay Topic 2

Some have tried to prove suffering on earth.

Part 1) How might people have tried to prove suffering on earth? is this good or bad? Why?

Part 2) What does the author have to say about this? What does this reveal about Buddhism?

Part 3) Do you agree with the author in regards to proving suffering on earth? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

The twelve turning of the wheel of Dharma is practiced to understand the Four Noble Truths.

Part 1) What are the twelve turnings of the wheel of Dharma? What are the Four Noble Truths?

Part 2) How do the turnings help one to understand the wheel of Dharma?

Part 3) What does this connection between the turnings of the wheel of Dharma and the Four Noble Truths reveal about other aspects of Buddhism and their connection with one another?

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