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 fifth Mindfulness training is associated with what?

2. Non-thinking allows us to enter reality __________.

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

4. Right thinking leads to what?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is active concentration?

3. What is the third turning?

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

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

6. What leads to the path of Right Action?

7. What did Siddhartha Gutama teach?

8. How should one speak the truth?

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

10. What is the Fourth Mindfulness Training?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

There are many "Rights" discussed in this book.

Part 1) What are these Rights? How are they connected and intertwined?

Part 2) How do these Rights pertain to your own life?

Part 3) How do you know when you are right? Is there a way to know? Can what is right for you be wrong for another? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

There are Three Dharma Seals of Buddha's teaching.

Part 1) What are these seals? how are they related to other aspects of Buddhism?

Part 2) How are these three connected to one another? How do those seals promote peace and joy?

Part 3) Why are these Dharma seals required in Buddhism? Why are they so important?

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