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. Right Speech is speaking how?

2. Many have embraced suffering for two thousand years as the primary principle of Buddhism, but Buddha taught us to recognize what and suffering?

3. The first four miracles of mindfulness belong to the first aspect of meditation known as __________.

4. Whatever we think will make us happy can often be what?

5. The fifth Mindfulness training is associated with what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What leads to the path of Right Action?

2. For what does the author ask?

3. What is Right Mindfulness?

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

5. What is the Right View?

6. What does Buddha say about suffering and nirvana?

7. What is Right Diligence or Effort?

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

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

10. What is the third turning?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

The author gives advice on how to begin meditation.

Part 1) How should one begin meditation, according to the author? Why does he suggest this? How does this fit with Buddhist teachings?

Part 2) What else does the author say about meditation? How important is meditation? Why?

Part 3) Do you believe meditation is useful? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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