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. Hanh explains that Buddha was a man who suffered, and that we can enter his heart now only because we ______________.

2. It is vital to keep our bodies, hearts and minds open to truth rather than what?

3. Right Action means to do what?

4. "_______________ is at the heart of Buddha's teachings."

5. Right Action is related to Right Livelihood, or what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the Fourth Noble Truth?

2. What is Right Diligence or Effort?

3. Why does Siddhartha Gutama sit under a bodhi tree? What happens while he is sitting here?

4. How can one avoid unwholesome thoughts? How can one touch the seeds of joy and peace and transform our suffering?

5. What is selective concentration?

6. What is suffering?

7. How should one speak the truth?

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

9. What is Right Mindfulness?

10. What is the Fourth Mindfulness Training?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are Three Doors of Liberation.

Part 1) What are these Three Doors of Liberation? How are they opened by the Dharma Seals?

Part 2) How do these Doors compare to other aspects of Buddhism?

Part 3) Are these required to be truly liberated and joyful? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

One's living is important.

Part 1) What type of living is important? Why is this important?

Part 2) How does this reinforce Buddha's teaching? How can this Right-living lead to peace and joy?

Part 3) How does one's living affect others? How does it affect the world?

Essay Topic 3

Buddha said we feed our happiness or suffering with four nutriments.

Part 1) What are the four nutriments? Are these good? Why or why not?

Part 2) What is the importance of these nutriments? What nutriments do you feed in your own life?

Part 3) How could you feed your happiness in your own life that would follow the principles of Buddhism?

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