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. What does nonself say?

2. What is vedana?

3. Hanh asks us to practice transformation by what?

4. Our true home, and paradise, are where?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the relationship between Buddha's teachings?

3. Describe two of these seven factors.

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

5. Describe a second paramita.

6. What is the importance of Dharma and Sangha?

7. Describe two more Aggregates.

8. What is the foundation of Buddhism?

9. For what does the author ask?

10. How is nonself important?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are Four Noble Truths.

Part 1) What are these Four Noble Truths? What is the connection between these Truths and the twelve turnings of the wheel of Dharma and the Eightfold Path?

Part 2) How do these Truths help one understand and identify suffering? How can this improve one's life?

Part 3) How can the world benefit from these Four Noble Truths?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Buddha said we feed our happiness or suffering with four nutriments.

Part 1) What are the four nutriments? Are these good? Why or why not?

Part 2) What is the importance of these nutriments? What nutriments do you feed in your own life?

Part 3) How could you feed your happiness in your own life that would follow the principles of Buddhism?

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