Pañha Sutta (AN 4:42)
“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 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.”
First the categorical statement,
then the analytical statement,
third, the type to be counter-questioned,
& fourth, the one to be put 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,
rejects the worthless,
grasps the worthwhile.
one who has broken through
to what’s worthwhile,