4 Types of Questions

Discernment or Dullness can be seen from the way:
         ·        we rise to an issue,
         ·        we apply reasoning,
         ·        we address a question

Answerer:
PanhaSutta, describes way of answering 4 types of questions. Questions that deserve:
       1.   a categorical answer (straightforwardly yes or no, this, that);
       2.   an analytical (qualified) answer (defining or redefining and qualifying the terms of the question);
       3.   a counter-question,
       4.   to be put aside.
Any one who knows which is which, in line with the Dhamma, is said to be skilled in the 4 types of questions.
Questioner:
The questioner on receiving the answer, should determine how far the answer should be interpreted. (The Buddha said that there are two types of people who misrepresent him: those who draw inferences from statements that shouldn’t have inferences drawn from them, and those who don’t draw inferences from those that should).

Reference:
  • http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/thanissaro/notself2.html
  • PanhaSutta