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. The first practice,______________________, is a deep understanding of the four Noble Truths of suffering, the making of it, the fact that it can be transformed, and its transformation.

2. What is active concentration?

3. Looking deeply into our suffering and writing down what nutriments we are feeding to sustain takes what?

4. Mindful breathing, walking, smiling and looking can stop what?

5. The Buddha said, "My teaching is like a finger pointing to the moon. Do not mistake _______ ."

Short Essay Questions

1. What comprises Buddhism?

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

3. What is Right Diligence or Effort?

4. What does Buddha think of perception?

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

6. What is the Right View?

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

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

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

10. What is the Fourth Noble Truth?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Hahn compares life to a wave.

Part 1) Describe this illustration. How does this support Buddhism?

Part 2) How does this illustration compare to your own beliefs about life?

Part 3) How might one's life change when viewing life as a wave? Why?

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