Chapter 12: Quiz review part 2

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The second part of the review of the quiz questions for Chapter 12: Refuting wrong views. Part of a series of talks on Aryadeva’s Four Hundred Stanzas on the Middle Way.

Review of questions 9 through 16

  1. Why are proponents of the lower tenet systems afraid of the emptiness of inherent existence? Why do they reject it?

  2. What are disadvantages of falling to each of the two extremes? Why is lapsing from ethics preferable to lapsing from the view? Why is falling to the extreme of absolutism not as bad as falling to the extreme of annihilation?

  3. What are the disadvantages of teaching people new to the Dharma about emptiness? Does that mean we should not mention emptiness at all when talking to them about the Dharma? What background should they have first before we explain emptiness to them?

  4. Why is realizing emptiness the only door to peace?

  5. What is the difference between a conceptual and nonconceptual realization of emptiness?

  6. Is suffering virtuous? Is birth as a human being virtuous? What is the difference between being virtuous and being the result of virtue?

  7. Explain verse 298 “In brief Tathagatas explain virtue as non-violence and emptiness as nirvana—here there are only these two.” How does that relate to the explanation of Buddhist view and conduct?

  8. Why is it important to be open-minded? Why is it important to think deeply about the teachings? How can you cultivate these in yourself?

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