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Title: Pañha Sutta: Questions
<p>“There are these four ways of answering questions. Which four? There are questions that should be answered categorically [straightforwardly yes, no, this, that]. There are questions that should be answered with an analytical (qualified) answer [defining or redefining the terms]. There are questions that should be answered with a counter-question. There are questions that should be put aside. These are the four ways of answering questions.”</p>
First the categorical answer, then the qualified, third, the type to be counter-questioned, & fourth, the one to be set aside. Any monk who knows which is which,
in line with the Dhamma,
is said to be skilled in the four types of questions:
hard to overcome, hard to beat, profound, hard to defeat.
He knows what's worthwhile
& what's not,
proficient in (recognizing) both, he rejects the worthless,
grasps the worthwhile.
He's called one who has broken through to what's worthwhile,
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