The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching Test | Final 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. Does Buddhism ask for blind faith?

2. The Five Faculties are powers that can help us do what?

3. Holiness is within us when?

4. Relying on the Buddha within are we, ourselves, the Buddha?

5. Why is life span an illusion?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the Three Doors of Liberation?

2. What is paradise? What helps generate the energy in ourselves to be in paradise?

3. How is Buddha important as one of the three jewels of refuge?

4. What is the Sixth Power?

5. What is the importance of Dharma and Sangha?

6. Describe the Twelve Links.

7. For what does the author ask?

8. What is said about love and happiness in this chapter?

9. What is a paramita? Describe one of the paramitas.

10. Describe two more Aggregates.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"Where there is perception, there is deception."

Part 1) What is perception? Why does Buddha believe perception is deceptive?

Part 2) Give an example from your own life of when perception was deceptive.

Part 3) What is the connection between perception and what is right and wrong? How does this compare to your own views regarding perception and what is right and wrong, prior to reading this book?

Essay Topic 2

There are Three Doors of Liberation.

Part 1) What are these Three Doors of Liberation? How are they opened by the Dharma Seals?

Part 2) How do these Doors compare to other aspects of Buddhism?

Part 3) Are these required to be truly liberated and joyful? 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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