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Chapter 12: Quiz review part 1

Chapter 12: Quiz review part 1

The first 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 1 through 8

  1. What are the 3 qualities of a person who is suitable to listen to teachings on emptiness? What are the 5 qualities of such a listener?

  2. What are the 10 qualities of a qualified Mahayana spiritual mentor?

  3. All non-Buddhists and followers of lower Buddhist tenets agree that one attains nirvana by giving up attachment to everything associated with afflictions. Why, then, do they dislike it when the Buddha says the person and the aggregates are empty of inherent existence?

  4. How does having an understanding of emptiness help us to have strong confidence and certitude in the Buddha’s teachings?

  5. What are evident (obvious) phenomena, slightly obscured (hidden) phenomena, and very obscured phenomena? Make examples of each. Which one is emptiness? What types of cognizers is each one not invalidated by?

  6. What kind of reliable cognizer can know each of these?

  7. To correctly infer that a scriptural passage is accurate and free from fault, we must test it by means of a three-fold analysis. What are the three points (the last point has two parts)?

  8. What does Verse 283 mean? Who has no fear of emptiness? Who has no fear?

101 Aryadeva’s 400 Stanzas: Chapter 12 quiz part 1 (download)

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