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 and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. The first of six paramitas, dana paramita, is what?

2. What is the fifth power?

3. We will see layers of causes and conditions, and can now stop ingesting the nutriments causing our suffering by practicing what as a guide?

4. What are the Three Doors of Liberation, opened by the Three Dharma Seals?

5. The first of the five mindfulness trainings is what?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

The twelve turning of the wheel of Dharma is practiced to understand the Four Noble Truths.

Part 1) What are the twelve turnings of the wheel of Dharma? What are the Four Noble Truths?

Part 2) How do the turnings help one to understand the wheel of Dharma?

Part 3) What does this connection between the turnings of the wheel of Dharma and the Four Noble Truths reveal about other aspects of Buddhism and their connection with one another?

Essay Topic 3

It is vital to keep our bodies, hearts, and minds open.

Part 1) Why is this important? How can one keep an open body, heart, and mind?

Part 2) Is it possible to change what one already believes? Why or why not?

Part 3) how does this belief compare to the beliefs of other religions? Is this good or bad? Why?

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