A Question & Answer Session with Vanna Kyaw Htin & Dr U Myint Swe (MB, BS)
by MAHASI SAYADAW
Translated by Venerable Sayadaw Dr Sunanda
Size: 5.5” x 8.3”
Pages: 85 pages
“One day, while I was waiting for my turn in the clinic, I over-heard Dr U Myint Swe asking about the problem of “After-life” to one Sayadawgyi ( Elder Thera ), who was enthusiastically explaining to him by way of higher Buddhist philosophy, metaphysics ( Abhidhamma ) and modes of conditionality ( Pattahana paccaya). But Dr U Myint Swe seemed not to be satisfied with the Sayadawgyi’s answer couched with Pali terms.
So when I went in on my turn for treatment, he again asked me the same question. Anticipating the futility of answering to the person who could not be satisfied with the explanation of a Mahathera, I had to console him by saying, “Let me consult the theras”.
But the business has not yet ended. After two or three days he started bring up the subject again. I suggested him “Doctor, this is not an easy problem to solve. It’ll be better to put forward to Mahasi Mahathera”. When he told me to do so, I had to oblige it, when I conveyed Mahathera’s reply to Dr. U Myint Swe as “It is for the devotees to ask what they do not know and it is our responsibility to make them known”.
Dr. U Myint Swe gladly put forward the three problems in writing and submitted top Mahathera. Mahathera’s reply in accordance with the Lord Buddha’s teaching was so vivid and clear that, it was like directing the correct path to the one who was lost on the way, exposing by reversal of the inverted pot or providing the lamplight to the one fumbling in the dark room…. Thus, from these circumstances, this book titled THE PROBLEMS OF LIFE came into circulation…