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 isthe third of the Five Faculties?

2. Practicing impermanence helps us do what?

3. Incorrect perceptions are conditioned by the afflictions in us of what?

4. What are the Five Aggregates?

5. The Sarvastivada school defined how many conditions?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe two of these seven factors.

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

3. Describe the Twelve Links.

4. What is Dharmakaya?

5. How is nonself important?

6. Describe to of the Five Aggregates.

7. Describe two more Aggregates.

8. Describe a second paramita.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One should be compassionate when listening and speaking.

Part 1) How is this related to the Miracles of Mindfulness? How can one listen and speak with compassion?

Part 2) How can this be soothing and healing for the speaker? How can this be soothing and healing for the listener?

Part 3) How can compassionate listening and speaking improve relationships? When have you experienced compassionate listening or speaking? How did it affect you?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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