( Last updated 03-05-99)
|Subhadda, the wandering ascetic||
||The answers to all three questions are 'NO'.||Dhammapada V. 254 & 255|
|Venerable Ananda||Is there no scent which would spread with the current of wind as well as against it?||" The reputation of virtuous ones, who take refuge in the Three Gems, who observe the five moral precepts, and who are generous and not avaricious, would spread far and wide "||Dhammapada V.54 & 55|
|Venerable Ananda||Are the fundamental Instructions to bhikkhus given by the preceding Buddhas the same as those of the Buddha himself?||
||Dhammapada V.183, 184 & 185|
|Some Bhikkhus||Are there any means of gaining longevity for beings?||" By respecting and honouring the elders and those who are wise and virtuous, one would gain not only longevity, but also beauty, happiness and strength "||Dhammapada V.109|
|Some Bhikkhus||Do Arahats enjoy sensual pleasures as they have the same physical make-up like any other people?||"Arahats do not enjoy sensual pleasures. They do not cling to the objects of sense just as water does not cling to the lotus leaf "||Dhammapada V.401|
|A Brahmin||An offering made to whom gives one the greatest benefit?||"An offering made to one who has given up all evil is the most beneficial"||Dhammapada V. 423|
|A Brahmin||What do we have to kill to be able to live hapilly and peacefully?||"One will have to kill ill will (dosa). Killing one's ill will is liked and praised by the Buddhas and the Arahats."||Dhammapada V.399|
|Venerable Moggallana||For those who perform meritorious deeds, do they have mansions and other riches prepared in the Deva world even while they are still living in the Human world?||"My son, the Devas await the coming of the good and generous ones, as relatives await the return of one who is long absent. When the good ones die, they are welcomed joyously to the abode of the Devas "||Dhammapada V.219 & 220|
|Sakka, (King of the Devas)||
|| " Oh Sakka, the Dhamma is the noblest of all gifts, the
best of all tastes and the bests of all delights.
The eradication of craving leads to the attainment of Arahatsjhip and is, therefore, the greatest of all conquests "
|Sakka, (King of the Devas)|| All living beings wish to be free from anger and
Yet they are not free from danger and suffering.
What is the cause of this suffering?
|" O King of Devas! All living beings long for happiness, security, peace and freedom. Yet they are not free from hatred, conflicts, dnager and suffering. This unhappy condition is due to the fetters of envy (issa) and meanness (macchariya)"||Sakkapanha Sutta (Mahasi Sayadaw)|
|Venerable Sariputta||What are the two Dhammas?||" Tranquillity and Insight Meditation are the two dhammas "||Dhammapada V.384|