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. Buddha said, "Where there is perception there is _________________."

2. Hanh suggests reframing the four Noble Truths, replacing "cessation" with what?

3. Right thinking leads to what?

4. Speaking each person's individual language, like Bodhisattva, or writing a letter using Right speech, can do what?

5. Writing is a "deep practice" and should be done knowing our words will do what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the author say about the Discourse on the Four Establishments of Mindfulness?

2. Why do we suffer?

3. What is Right Diligence or Effort?

4. What comprises Buddhism?

5. What leads to the path of Right Action?

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

7. What is used to understand the Four Noble Truths?

8. What is the third turning?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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?

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