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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 are the three characteristics of human existence?
(a) Change, adaptation, and unsatisfied expectations.
(b) Love, hope, and peace.
(c) Impermanence, egolessness, and suffering.
(d) Mediocrity, disinterest, and distraction.

3. What are the three lords of materialism?
(a) Sins.
(b) Ways we maintain an "illusion of security."
(c) Obstacles to achieving Nirvana.
(d) An attachment to status and material goods.

4. Which does Chodron consider more emotionally challenging: loving-kindness or compassion?
(a) Loving-kindness, because people can be annoying.
(b) Compassion, because it involves looking at things in a new way.
(c) Compassion, because it involves feeling pain.
(d) Loving-kindness, because it is easy to want to retaliate.

5. What does the author compare to an elderly couple living in a protected community in Florida?
(a) The workings of the ego.
(b) Reincarnation.
(c) The relationship between a student and teacher.
(d) Love.

6. Where does the title of the book come from?
(a) Buddha.
(b) A quote between a teacher and student.
(c) A sacred scripture.
(d) A quote from Ghandi.

7. What relationship does a Buddhist teaching claim that we have had with all others?
(a) That of an animal and owner.
(b) That of a lover.
(c) That of a teacher and student.
(d) That of mother and child.

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

9. How does Chitta translate?
(a) As relaxation.
(b) As mind, heart, or attitude.
(c) As love, heart, and affection.
(d) As mind or thought.

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

11. What do vajrayana Buddhists claim is inherent in emotion?
(a) Wisdom.
(b) Hope.
(c) Love.
(d) The seeds of self-growth.

12. Who are the two witnesses that Chodron writes about?
(a) The inner and outer critic.
(b) The self and other.
(c) The male and female.
(d) The teacher and student.

13. What does Chodron claim we cultivate through making aspirations?
(a) Worldly ambition.
(b) Good health.
(c) Hope.
(d) Bravery.

14. What does the yogi Patrul Rinpche suggest we do to arouse compassion?
(a) Relax our body in order to feel physically.
(b) Imagine ourselves in the place of someone in pain.
(c) Meditate on the feelings of others.
(d) Write letters to our enemies.

15. 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) Losing patience.
(b) Increased tension.
(c) Heartbreak.
(d) Self-aggression.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does the author claim is the gift of understanding that uncertainty is part of life?

3. What are the three noble principles?

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

5. How does Chondron describe our "fundamental energy"?

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