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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. Which of the following does Chodron recommend?
(a) Remember only positive moments from the past.
(b) Do not eat food that will make your mind race.
(c) Relax slowly into meditation, and it will be less strenuous on your body.
(d) Do not expect applause.

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

3. 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) Write letters to our enemies.
(d) Meditate on the feelings of others.

4. What does the author recommend that we do with our sorrow?
(a) Sit with it.
(b) Master it in order to eliminate it.
(c) Try to change it.
(d) Fully focus on it in order to verbalize it.

5. Which of the two witnesses does Chodron say we should hold?
(a) "The nearest."
(b) "The first."
(c) "The principal one."
(d) "The second."

Short Answer Questions

1. In practicing compassion, who is the first person we aspire to feel compassion for?

2. Who did Atisha take with him from India to Tibet?

3. What are the three noble principles?

4. How many stages are in the formal practice of tonglen?

5. According to Chodron, what two things do all those who set out on this path discover that we all have?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did the nineteenth century yogi Patrul Rinpoche suggest arousing compassion?

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

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

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

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

6. What is tonglen?

7. Why does the author include an anecdote about finding her boyfriend "passionately embracing another woman"?

8. What does the slogan "train in three difficulties" mean?

9. What does "of the two witnesses, hold the principal one" mean?

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

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