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. The Sarvastivada school defined how many conditions?

2. "Mindfulness always arises in the context of a relationship with ______________________."

3. What is the fifth power?

4. Does impermanence cause suffering?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the seven factors of awakening or enlightenment?

2. Describe a second paramita.

3. How should one go about finding a way to earn a living?

4. What is the Sixth Power?

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

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

7. What is Dharmakaya?

8. For what does the author ask?

9. Describe to of the Five Aggregates.

10. How is nonself important?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are many "Rights" discussed in this book.

Part 1) What are these Rights? How are they connected and intertwined?

Part 2) How do these Rights pertain to your own life?

Part 3) How do you know when you are right? Is there a way to know? Can what is right for you be wrong for another? Why or why not?

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

The author gives advice on how to begin meditation.

Part 1) How should one begin meditation, according to the author? Why does he suggest this? How does this fit with Buddhist teachings?

Part 2) What else does the author say about meditation? How important is meditation? Why?

Part 3) Do you believe meditation is useful? Why or why not?

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