Re: [Pali] Four Great Standards
- This Paragraph ("The four great teaching method" as
translated in Chinese) has been quoted in both Agama
and Vinaya. If this guideline for Sangiti (collections
of sutta) were well followed-up, there would not be so
many odd stories in Tipitaka.
--- Kumaara Bhikkhu <venkumara@...> 寫:
Four Great Standards. Before he passed away, the
Buddha gave us practical advice to assess situations
in which we hear a monk proclaiming that what he
teaches "is the Dhamma... the Vinaya... the teachings
of the Master". He may say that he heard and learned
it in the presence of
* the Buddha himself,
* a Sangha in a certain monastery with its theras
(elders) and leaders,
* many learned theras in a certain monastery who
are holders of the traditional teachings, bearers of
the Dhamma, Vinaya, and the summaries, or
* a learned thera in a certain monastery who is a
holder of the traditional teachings, bearer of the
Dhamma, Vinaya, and the summaries.
In such situations, without rejoicing in or scorning
the monk's words, we should investigate to see if such
teachings are included in the suttas or seen in the
Vinaya. If they are, we may conclude that they are the
words of the Buddha and that they have been well
learned by the speaker. Otherwise, we may conclude
that they are not the words of the Buddha and that
they have been wrongly learned by the speaker, and so
we should reject them.
(Extracted from the MahaPariNibbana Sutta, summarised
& translated by Aggacitta Bhikkhu)
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