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

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

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 3

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?

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