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. We must practice what to understand the Four Noble Truths?

2. Are rightness and wrongness subjective?

3. What is the second Miracle of Mindfulness?

4. Are suffering and joy both impermanent?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. For how long does Buddha teach the Eightfold Path?

2. What are vitark and vichara? When are they no longer present?

3. What does Right Action mean?

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

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

6. What is the Fourth Noble Truth?

7. How should one speak the truth?

8. What is Right Mindfulness?

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

10. What is a misunderstanding about suffering?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are Three Dharma Seals of Buddha's teaching.

Part 1) What are these seals? how are they related to other aspects of Buddhism?

Part 2) How are these three connected to one another? How do those seals promote peace and joy?

Part 3) Why are these Dharma seals required in Buddhism? Why are they so important?

Essay Topic 2

Hahn feels we must be mindful of our well-being and happiness.

Part 1) What steps can be taken to be mindful or our well-being and happiness?

Part 2) What nourishes your joy? How? how can you enhance they joy and happiness in your life in accord with Buddha's teachings?

Part 3) How do the Noble Truths play a part in understanding and increasing your joy and happiness?

Essay Topic 3

Buddha taught the transformation of suffering and the use of suffering to liberate ourselves.

Part 1) What is suffering? What did Buddha believe causes suffering?

Part 2) How can suffering transform? How can one be liberated by suffering?

Part 3) What must be believed for one to be liberated by suffering? Do you agree with Buddha's teachings? Why or why not?

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