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Pema Chödrön
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Chodron claim is the most difficult step in any practice?
(a) "Having the guts to experiment."
(b) "Allowing ourselves to begin something new."
(c) "Listening to a teacher, and admitting that we do not know our own way."
(d) "Aknowledging that we are all churned up."

2. What does Chodron warn that we become habituated to doing?
(a) "As we look for comfort, we slowly slip into addictive behaviors that can destroy our lives."
(b) "By trying to please others, we can gain relief from the pressures we create for ourselves, but become so used to it that we lose our sense of what we want in life."
(c) "Reaching for something to ease the edginess of the moment."
(d) "Losing ourselves more and more, not even as we consider ourselves separate from others, but because we do this."

3. 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."
(a) Anne Sexton.
(b) Jack Kerouac.
(c) William Blake.
(d) John Billings.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the third lord of materialism?

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

3. What hope does Chodron write that we should abandon?

4. What is the final step of the formal practice of maitri?

5. What relationship does Chodron claim we are predisposed to have with others?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the stages of the formal practice of loving-kindness?

2. What aspiration is used in the practice of loving-kindness?

3. Under what conditions does the author claim that people can "train" to be a warrior?

4. What does Chodron write is the "foundation" of bodhichitta training?

5. According to Chodron, what is our relationship with enlightenment?

6. Why does Pema Chodron argue that most of us sow the seeds of our own suffering?

7. What are the lojong teachings?

8. What are the stages of the formal practice of tonglen?

9. What do Martin Luther King and Mother Teresa have in common, according to Chodron?

10. What is tonglen?

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