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. Mindful breathing and meditation can help us with what?

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

3. The first practice,______________________, is a deep understanding of the four Noble Truths of suffering, the making of it, the fact that it can be transformed, and its transformation.

4. Buddha claimed to have gone to the end of the path of suffering and gained what?

5. Our habit energies bring about what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is a misunderstanding about suffering?

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

3. What is active concentration?

4. What does Buddha think of perception?

5. What does Right Action mean?

6. What is Right Diligence or Effort?

7. What did Siddhartha Gutama teach?

8. How can one find conditions for happiness that are already available?

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

10. What are vitark and vichara? When are they no longer present?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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