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. _____________ come with right diligence and mindfulness training.

2. Mindful breathing and meditation can help us with what?

3. Which turning of the Fourth Noble Truth is the recognition that we are practicing to transform our difficulties and ceasing to ingest pain-causing nutriments?

4. Are rightness and wrongness subjective?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Right Diligence or Effort?

2. How should one speak the truth?

3. What is the Fourth Mindfulness Training?

4. What is important about being in the present moment?

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

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

7. What is the third turning?

8. What does Buddha say about suffering and nirvana?

9. What comprises Buddhism?

10. What is a misunderstanding about suffering?

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

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 3

It is vital to keep our bodies, hearts, and minds open.

Part 1) Why is this important? How can one keep an open body, heart, and mind?

Part 2) Is it possible to change what one already believes? Why or why not?

Part 3) how does this belief compare to the beliefs of other religions? Is this good or bad? Why?

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