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. Suffering, its recognition, making, and the path out of it are all ___________, as are the Four Noble Truths.

2. Buddha said we feed our happiness or suffering with how man nutriments?

3. Can Right View be taught?

4. What are the initial thought and development of it, respectively?

5. What does seeing the cause of our suffering do to our suffering?

Short Essay Questions

1. What leads to the path of Right Action?

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

3. What is the Fourth Mindfulness Training?

4. Why do we suffer?

5. What is Right Mindfulness?

6. What is the fifth Mindfulness training? What does Hanh say about alcohol in this section?

7. What does Buddha say about suffering and nirvana?

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

9. What does Right Action mean?

10. What is the third turning?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are Five Aggregates.

Part 1) What are the Five Aggregates? Do you agree that these Five Aggregates make up a human being? Why or why not?

Part 2) How are these Five Aggregates tied together? How do they help bind the other principles of Buddhism together?

Part 3) How might this knowledge of the self affect you? Why?

Essay Topic 2

Hahn feels we must be mindful of our well-being and happiness.

Part 1) What steps can be taken to be mindful or our well-being and happiness?

Part 2) What nourishes your joy? How? how can you enhance they joy and happiness in your life in accord with Buddha's teachings?

Part 3) How do the Noble Truths play a part in understanding and increasing your joy and happiness?

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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