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Pema Chödrön
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How many stages are in the formal practice of tonglen?
(a) Four.
(b) Two.
(c) Three.
(d) Five.

2. What advice did the author receive as a six year old?
(a) To have a clear mind by avoiding spicy foods.
(b) To care for others in order to make her own life smoother.
(c) Not to listen to advice.
(d) Not to let life harden her heart.

3. What did Albert Einstein claim was an illusion?
(a) The idea of hate.
(b) Our separateness from others.
(c) The universe.
(d) Our fears.

4. What is the fifth step in the formal practice of maitri?
(a) Going from a sitting to standing position.
(b) Engendering kindness for our enemies.
(c) Breathing deeply.
(d) Teaching others about the process.

5. Where did Atisha Dipankara take the bodhichitta teachings?
(a) From India to Tibet.
(b) From China to India.
(c) From Tibet to Japan.
(d) From India to Latin America.

6. What insight did the woman give whom the author mentions is constantly on a diet?
(a) Addictions are divided along gender lines.
(b) Addictions temporarily relieve suffering.
(c) Some addictions are widely considered healthy.
(d) All addictions address the same emotional needs.

7. What is the final step of the formal practice of maitri?
(a) Understanding that our own perspective is limited.
(b) Expanding our loving kindness to all others.
(c) Listening to our heart in total silence.
(d) Teaching others what we have learned.

8. What does the author compare with the rawness of a broken heart?
(a) Bodhichitta.
(b) Yoga.
(c) Meditation.
(d) Nirvana.

9. What is the compassionate aspiration that the author begins with as she begins to teach?
(a) The wish that her students can apply the teachings to free themselves and others from suffering.
(b) She expresses her wish to introduce her students to ideas that will open their minds to a new kind of Buddhist thought.
(c) The desire to help all of her students to feel enough compassion for themselves that the students can reach Nirvana.
(d) The aspiration that her students enjoy their class as much as she enjoys teaching.

10. Who did Atisha take with him from India to Tibet?
(a) His sick brother.
(b) His own spiritual teacher.
(c) The most annoying person he knew.
(d) His mother.

11. What is Maitri?
(a) Deep breath.
(b) Full relaxation.
(c) A Tibetan term for hope.
(d) Acceptance of ourselves.

12. What did the nineteenth century yogi Patrul Rinpiche suggest we do to train in compassion?
(a) Understand that your problems are not the only ones in the world, and try to help those who are less fortunate.
(b) Actively listen to others, and imagine how they must feel.
(c) Try not to hurt others, but do not go out of your way to give when there is no hope of them being kind.
(d) Imagine beings in torment, and put yourself in their place.

13. Why does the author encourage readers to question the "strategies of the ego"?
(a) To eventually change our behavior.
(b) To let our guard down and better understand others.
(c) To increase the hope in our lives.
(d) To connect to the Superego.

14. What does the author argue that we do to sow the seeds of our own suffering?
(a) "Most of us fail to notice that the world is full of love."
(b) "Most of us believe that we are separate from others, and seek only our own good."
(c) "Most of us keep strengthening our negative habits."
(d) "Most of us focus our energies on problems."

15. Which of the following does the author warn that meditation can become when meditation practitioners do not pay attention to their negative emotions?
(a) Repression.
(b) Selfish.
(c) Hurtful.
(d) Wasted time.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Bodhi translate?

2. What does tonglen literally mean?

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

4. How does Chodron suggest we cultivate bravery?

5. What does the author claim that sitting meditation cultivates?

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