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 thinking leads to what?

2. Right Diligence or Effort involves what?

3. Generosity, sharing, cultivating love and kindness, and living simply, taking no more than our share, is what?

4. Whatever we think will make us happy can often be what?

5. Looking deeply into our suffering and writing down what nutriments we are feeding to sustain takes what?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the first stage of the Third Noble Truth and the second turning.

2. What is the Right View?

3. Describe the first two turnings of the wheel of Dharma.

4. What does the author say about the Discourse on the Four Establishments of Mindfulness?

5. What is selective concentration?

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

7. What comprises Buddhism?

8. What is Right Diligence or Effort?

9. How important is deep, quiet listening, mindful breathing, and meditation?

10. Why do we suffer?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

It is vital to keep our bodies, hearts, and minds open.

Part 1) Why is this important? How can one keep an open body, heart, and mind?

Part 2) Is it possible to change what one already believes? Why or why not?

Part 3) how does this belief compare to the beliefs of other religions? Is this good or bad? Why?

Essay Topic 2

One's living is important.

Part 1) What type of living is important? Why is this important?

Part 2) How does this reinforce Buddha's teaching? How can this Right-living lead to peace and joy?

Part 3) How does one's living affect others? How does it affect the world?

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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