Samanera Pañha — The Novice’s Questions

Samanera Pañha — The Novice's Questions

What is one?
All beings subsist on food.
“There are these four nutriments for the establishing of beings who have taken birth or for the support of those in search of a place to be born. Which four? Physical food, gross or refined; contact as the second, intellectual intention the third, and consciousness the fourth.”

What is two?
Name & form.
“Mental & physical phenomena”

What is three?
The three types of feeling.
“Pleasant, painful, neither pleasant nor painful.”

What is four?
The four noble truths.
“Stress, the origination of stress, the cessation of stress, the path of practice leading to the cessation of stress.”

What is five?
The five clinging-aggregates.
“Form, feeling, perception, fabrications, consciousness.”

What is six?
The six internal sense media.
“Eye, ear, nose, tongue, body, intellect.”

What is seven?
The seven factors for Awakening.
“Mindfulness, analysis of qualities, persistence, rapture, serenity, concentration, equanimity.”

What is eight?
The noble eightfold path.
“Right view, right resolve, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, right concentration.”

What is nine?
The nine abodes for beings.
“Seven stations of consciousness and two spheres:

There are beings with singularity of body and diversity of perception, such as the Radiant Devas. This is the third station of consciousness.

There are beings with singularity of body and singularity of perception, such as the Beautifully Lustrous Devas. This is the fourth station of consciousness.


There are beings who, with the complete transcending of perceptions of [physical] form, with the disappearance of perceptions of resistance, and not heeding perceptions of diversity, [perceiving,] ‘Infinite space,’ arrive at the dimension of the infinitude of space. This is the fifth station of consciousness.

There are beings who, with the complete transcending of the dimension of the infinitude of space, [perceiving,] ‘Infinite consciousness,’ arrive at the dimension of the infinitude of consciousness. This is the sixth station of consciousness.

There are beings who, with the complete transcending of the dimension of the infinitude of consciousness, [perceiving,] ‘There is nothing,’ arrive at the dimension of nothingness. This is the seventh station of consciousness.

The dimension of non-percipient beings and, second, the dimension of neither perception nor non-perception. These are the two spheres.”

What is ten?
Endowed with ten qualities, one is called an arahant.
“The right view of one beyond training, the right resolve of one beyond training, the right speech of one beyond training, the right action of one beyond training, the right livelihood of one beyond training, the right effort of one beyond training, the right mindfulness of one beyond training, the right concentration of one beyond training, the right knowledge of one beyond training, the right release of one beyond training.”

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