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. What is active concentration?

2. What is the third truth?

3. What is the fourth practice of Right Diligence?

4. Looking deeply in meditation is important, but what else is fundamental?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What comes with right diligence and mindfulness training?

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

3. What does Buddha think of perception?

4. How should one speak the truth?

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

6. What is a misunderstanding about suffering?

7. What did Siddhartha Gutama teach?

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

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

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

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 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 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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