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. We need to do what to become free of perceptions and be able to see things as they are?

2. Transforming by changing our behavior and practicing can bring suffering to an end and increase what?

3. What is the fourth practice of Right Diligence?

4. Another misunderstanding is that our suffering is caused by ________________.

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Right Diligence or Effort?

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

3. What is a misunderstanding about suffering?

4. What is the Fourth Mindfulness Training?

5. Why does Siddhartha Gutama sit under a bodhi tree? What happens while he is sitting here?

6. What is the Right View?

7. What is selective concentration?

8. What does Hahn suggest we do about our habit energies?

9. How is conscious or mindful breathing important?

10. What is the Fourth Noble Truth?

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 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?

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