Manusya, Journal of Humanities


Pisit Kobbun

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The use of pucchā-vissajjanā, question and answer, in the Pāli suttas reflects its significance as a literary technique for communicating the teachings of the Buddha. Pucchā-vissajjanā is a technique for teaching the dhamma employed by the Buddha and his disciples. It is a mnemonic technique for conveying and maintaining the teachings in the oral tradition and was kept as a written record until it becomes a tradition technique in composing post-Tipitaka Buddhist literature. When regarding the suttas as a textbook, the use of pucchā-vissajjanā in the suttas is important for the study of dhamma-vinaya. Constructing the suttas according to the pucchā-vissajjanā technique is favorable for dhamma practice and concentration- development. The pucchā-vissajjanā process is well in accord with the process of concentration-development for developing wisdom. As a result of this, those who study the suttas (the story being developed through pucchā-vissajjanā) will thereby certainly be practicing concentration while studying the text.

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