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 Action means to do what?

2. In our consciousness we have ___________________ seeds, or roots that we can identify with mindfulness.

3. What does the author believe is perhaps responsible for much of our pain?

4. What are the initial thought and development of it, respectively?

5. Why does Hanh suggest the reader to write the words, "Are you sure?" where they can be seen, and "What am I doing?"

Short Essay Questions

1. How is conscious or mindful breathing important?

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

3. What is active concentration?

4. What are two of the Miracles of Mindfulness? What is the importance of the first four Miracles of Mindfulness?

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

6. What is selective concentration?

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

8. How should one speak the truth?

9. Why do we suffer?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Buddha taught the transformation of suffering and the use of suffering to liberate ourselves.

Part 1) What is suffering? What did Buddha believe causes suffering?

Part 2) How can suffering transform? How can one be liberated by suffering?

Part 3) What must be believed for one to be liberated by suffering? Do you agree with Buddha's teachings? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Buddha taught the Eightfold Path up until his death.

Part 1) What is the Eightfold Path? How can it be applied in your daily life?

Part 2) How is this Path connected to other aspects of Buddhism?

Part 3) How might Buddha have created this Eightfold Path? How is this Path a progression of steps as in other aspects of Buddhism? I sthis practical for everyday life? Why or why not?

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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