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. When we appreciate what, we can find conditions for happiness that are already available?

2. Hanh feels we need to be mindful of what?

3. At what age could Buddha do what he wanted "without going against the path," or practice the "action of non-action," stage of realization that must take place from within?

4. In the second turning we encourage ourselves to do what?

5. What is the opposite of mindfulness?

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 does Buddha say about suffering and nirvana?

4. What is Right Diligence or Effort?

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

6. What leads to the path of Right Action?

7. What are the four nutriments? Describe these nutriments.

8. For how long does Buddha teach the Eightfold Path?

9. How is conscious or mindful breathing important?

10. What is the Right View?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

There are three jewels of refuge in Buddhism.

Part 1) What are these three jewels of refuge? How do these help a believer?

Part 2) How do these compare to other religion's places of refuge?

Part 3) Are these three jewels of refuge equally important? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

The twelve turning of the wheel of Dharma is practiced to understand the Four Noble Truths.

Part 1) What are the twelve turnings of the wheel of Dharma? What are the Four Noble Truths?

Part 2) How do the turnings help one to understand the wheel of Dharma?

Part 3) What does this connection between the turnings of the wheel of Dharma and the Four Noble Truths reveal about other aspects of Buddhism and their connection with one another?

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