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. Looking beyond signs means what?

2. "All suffering is born from ________________."

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

4. What does nonself say?

5. Investigation and allowing things to reveal themselves expands what?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe two of these seven factors.

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

3. Describe to of the Five Aggregates.

4. What is the Sixth Power?

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

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

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

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

9. How is nonself important?

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 miracles of mindfulness.

Part 1) What are these miracles of mindfulness? How is Right Mindfulness at the heart of Buddha's teachings?

Part 2) How might these be considered miracles? What is the connection between these miracles and suffering? How might these miracles lead one to paradise?

Part 3) How could these miracles of mindfulness change your life? How could they change your school? Your community?

Essay Topic 3

Buddha taught the transformation of suffering and the use of suffering to liberate ourselves.

Part 1) What is suffering? What did Buddha believe causes suffering?

Part 2) How can suffering transform? How can one be liberated by suffering?

Part 3) What must be believed for one to be liberated by suffering? Do you agree with Buddha's teachings? Why or why not?

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