The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

Sogyal Rinpoche
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What was the city in Arthur's mind?
(a) London
(b) Helena
(c) Lumei
(d) Petra

2. Which of the following is not one of the four Bardos?
(a) The luminous bardo of dharmata
(b) The mechanical Bardo of materialism
(c) The painful bardo of dying
(d) The natural bardo of life

3. What does Rinpoche believe his master was the embodiment of?
(a) Humanity
(b) Tibetan buddhism
(c) Goodness
(d) Jesus Christ

4. What does Sogyal say can lighten an atmosphere when a person is dying?
(a) Reading
(b) Humor
(c) Meditation
(d) Quiet

5. What is the basic plot of the book?
(a) War
(b) The themes of Karma
(c) Tibetan politics
(d) Tibetan beliefs on death and dying

6. What does mindfullness defuse?
(a) Misunderstandings
(b) Worry
(c) Negativity and aggression
(d) Self hatred

7. What does Rinpoche state his master treated him like?
(a) His son
(b) A person
(c) A slave
(d) An animal

8. What is the second authenticity?
(a) The presence of enlightenment
(b) A love of life
(c) The devotion of a student
(d) The blessing of an authentic master

9. What is the only way to find enlightenment?
(a) To always look for the truth
(b) To undertake a spiritual journey with a trained master
(c) To embrace death
(d) To meditate daily

10. What does Freda Taylor suffer from?
(a) An unrequited love
(b) A bad marriage
(c) Arthritis
(d) Cancer

11. Which of the following is a certainty about death?
(a) One will die
(b) One will be reincarnated
(c) One will go to heaven
(d) One will think no longer

12. What does Sogyal state is a similar process to sleeping?
(a) Dying
(b) Writing
(c) Meditation
(d) Watching television

13. What does Dudjom's wife praise?
(a) The churches
(b) The meadows
(c) The cemetaries
(d) The snow

14. What TV company flew Arthur to Petra?
(a) The BBC
(b) Sky
(c) NBC
(d) ITV

15. Which of the following words does Sogyal use to describe Khyentse's attitude to Samten's death?
(a) Jovial
(b) Miserable
(c) Lighthearted
(d) Somber

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Samten often let Sogyal borrow?

2. What are individuals with a similar vision of the world said to share?

3. What does Sogyal think individuals should prepare for?

4. What does Sogyal say individuals should not plan for?

5. What is each step in life known as?

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