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Pañha Sutta

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Title: Pañha Sutta: Questions

Summary: The Buddha&#39;s teachings on skillfulness and speech extend to mastering the art of answering questions.

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AN 4.42

PTS: A ii 46

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Pañha Sutta: Questions

translated from the Pali by

Thanissaro Bhikkhu

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<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,

	prudent,
wise.

<p>See also: MN 58; MN 72; suttas in the Avyakata Samyutta; AN 3.67; AN 3.78; AN 5.165; AN 10.96</p>

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