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. Does impermanence cause suffering?

2. Our anger or despair is connected to what?

3. What is the third of the five mindfulness trainings?

4. "All suffering is born from ________________."

5. What must we realize about everything?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the Three Doors of Liberation?

2. Describe two more Aggregates.

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

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

5. Describe two of these seven factors.

6. For what does the author ask?

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

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

9. Describe a second paramita.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Some have tried to prove suffering on earth.

Part 1) How might people have tried to prove suffering on earth? is this good or bad? Why?

Part 2) What does the author have to say about this? What does this reveal about Buddhism?

Part 3) Do you agree with the author in regards to proving suffering on earth? Why or why not?

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