The Skill in Questions

Saturday September 28, 2019 9:00 AM -4:30 PM

Taught by Ajaan Thanissaro (Geoff)

Subject The Skill in Questions

For the purpose of putting an end to suffering, the Buddha divided questions into four types: those that deserve a categorical answer, those that deserve an analytical answer, those that deserve that the person asking the question be cross-questioned, and those that deserve to be put aside. To know where a particular question falls within these categories, he said, is a sign of discernment. This day-long course will look at how the Buddha himself applied this scheme to the questions that other people asked him and to the questions he asked himself during his search for awakening. The purpose will be to gain a deeper understanding of the Buddha’s teachings by seeing what kinds of questions they were and were not intended to answer, and to gain a better sense of what kinds of questions we should be asking ourselves to guide our practice.

Bring lunch. There will be an opportunity to donate food for the meal offering to the monastics

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Ajaan Thanissaro (Geoff) is an American monk of the Thai forest tradition. After graduating from Oberlin College in 1971 with a degree in European Intellectual History, he studied meditation under Ajaan Fuang Jotiko in Thailand and ordained in 1976. In 1991 he helped establish Metta Forest Monastery in San Diego, CA where he is the abbot. He is a prolific writer and translator. Many of his works can be found online at www.accesstoinsight.org.