Potthapada Sutta

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Potthapada Sutta

Potthapada Sutta: The whole culmination of Anatta teachings in a nutshell. 


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Potthapada the wanderer upon seeing the coming of the Buddha silenced his followers for the purpose of:
    • A. 

      Keeping things serene and quiet because he enjoyed the quiet.

    • B. 

      Making his group look good.

    • C. 

      Engaging the Buddha in debate.

  • 2. 
    His first topic of contention was a question about:
    • A. 

      Consciousness and the soul

    • B. 

      Gods

    • C. 

      The Universe

  • 3. 
    On the topic of the soul/consciousness, people in his groups contended that the consciousness: 
    • A. 

      Existed upon birth, and upon death ceases to exist.

    • B. 

      Did not exist.

    • C. 

      Existed before death, and continued after death.

  • 4. 
    When a person sees his or her thinking as a moment-to-moment phenomenon, he reaches the peak of his perception. 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 5. 
    When a person reaches the peak of their perception, this is only the peak of perception of themselves. 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 6. 
    Buddha said the consciousness is the self. 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 7. 
    Self is: 
    • A. 

      Physically mind made.

    • B. 

      Not Physical, but made of mind.

    • C. 

      Neither physical nor made of mind.

  • 8. 
    A formless mind-made postulated self does not exist. 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 9. 
    Buddha says that a confused person shouldn't be discussing: 
    • A. 

      Whether the universe is finite or infinite.

    • B. 

      The afterlife.

    • C. 

      Whether the universe is eternal or not eternal.

  • 10. 
    What makes a teaching categorical and not categorical? 
    • A. 

      Categorical teachings lead to enlightenment, and non categorical teachings lead to confusion.

    • B. 

      Categorical teachings lead to truth, and non categorical teachings lead to alternative truths.

    • C. 

      Categorical teachings lead to enlightenment, and non categorical teachings lead to cessation of consciousness.

  • 11. 
    Self is not:
    • A. 

      Mind made

    • B. 

      Physical

    • C. 

      Formless

  • 12. 
    The Buddha says the self is: 
    • A. 

      The person that attains enlightenment.

    • B. 

      A mere manner of expression not ultimately adhered to.

    • C. 

      The person that bears the karma.