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 and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. "All suffering is born from ________________."

2. The first of six paramitas, dana paramita, is what?

3. Awakening is always available to us and needs only what?

4. The Sarvastivada school's first condition requires what?

5. Hanh suggests meditating mindfully on what parts of the body?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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