The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times Quiz | Eight Week Quiz B

Pema Chödrön
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapters 4-6.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does the author characterize meditation?
(a) As a great way to increase productivity,
(b) As the only path to a life free from suffering.
(c) As simple and fun.
(d) As difficult but rewarding.

2. What three difficulties does the slogan "train in three difficulties" encourage?
(a) Not insiting on permanence; loving onself; and loving others.
(b) Meditation, generosity, and good health.
(c) Not listening to spiritual teachers; feeling superior to others, identifying with material things; and focusing on emotional comfort.
(d) Acknowledging our neurosis as neurosis; doing something different; and aspiring to continue practicing this way.

3. How do we begin to practice the four limitless qualities?
(a) We try to love ourselves by making sure we are as comfortable as possible, and then try to help others be comfortable as well.
(b) We begin by wishing happiness for ourselves and our close circle, gradually widening the circle.
(c) We must believe in our own potential, and we may begin by creating a slogan that states what we want to embody.
(d) We study the holy books with our spiritual teachers, and once we understand these qualities, we begin to meditate on them.

4. What are the four limitless qualities?
(a) Hope, generosity, love, and relaxation.
(b) Change, Suffering, discomfort, and lack.
(c) Loving-kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity.
(d) Material things, ideas, barriers of the self, and barriers of others.

5. What does the author claim that lojong slogans or the slogans of Atisha can help us do?
(a) Learn to meditate in less time than any other method.
(b) Understand the nature of love.
(c) Remember wisdom at emotional moments.
(d) Become a true warrior.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which answer completes the following quote? "If this process of clear seeing isn't based on self-compassion it will become a process of ______."

2. What did the Buddha say about our relationship to enlightenment?

3. Who are the two witnesses that Chodron writes about?

4. What do vajrayana Buddhists claim is inherent in emotion?

5. According to Chodron, what happens when we consciously try to fix faults in ourselves?

(see the answer key)

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