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

2. What did the Buddha say about our relationship to enlightenment?
(a) We are never separated from enlightenment.
(b) We can all achieve enlightenment through the same method.
(c) Only by releasing the goal of achieving enlightenment is it achieved.
(d) Enlightenment can be achieved by everyone.

3. What does Chodron claim is our relationship to reaching out to others?
(a) She argues that there is no point in trying to do this.
(b) She writes that this is our natural inclination.
(c) She writes that we can do it only with great effort.
(d) She claims that this is always hard work, and never natural for us.

4. Who taught that there are three principal characteristics of human existence?
(a) Chodron.
(b) Buddha.
(c) Mother Teresa.
(d) Martin Luther King.

5. What does the author experience after finding her boyfriend "passionately embracing" another woman?
(a) A deep sadness stemming from her unmet need to be loved.
(b) Absolute disgust with another human being.
(c) An inability to release her own emotional energy.
(d) The horror of causing a tragedy after the rush of anger was released.

6. How many stages does the formal practice of maitri have?
(a) Seven.
(b) Two.
(c) Five.
(d) Three.

7. Who do we first practice Maitri on?
(a) Animals.
(b) Our enemies.
(c) Our loved ones.
(d) Ourselves.

8. What made Geshe Chekawa interested in publicizing the lojong slogans?
(a) The urging of his own spiritual teacher.
(b) Hearing that it cured a man from an incurable illness.
(c) Seeing their effect on his brother.
(d) Learning how much money he could make from students.

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

10. What are the three noble principles?
(a) Good in the beginning, good in the middle, good in the end.
(b) Meditate, exercise, and rest.
(c) Love, hope, and generosity.
(d) Confess your faults, move toward your fears, and release your expectations.

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

12. Which answer completes the following quote? "If this process of clear seeing isn't based on self-compassion it will become a process of ______."
(a) Increased tension.
(b) Losing patience.
(c) Heartbreak.
(d) Self-aggression.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What insight did the woman give whom the author mentions is constantly on a diet?

2. What are the three lords of materialism?

3. What are the three characteristics of human existence?

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

5. What poet does the author quote as saying, "If I don't get a vision on Desolation Peak, then my name ain't William Blake."

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