King Milinda, sovereign of the Yonakas, residing in the great city of SÈgala, met with the Venerable NÈgasena on many appointed occasions. At these meetings, he questioned a great many much-accepted teachings of the Buddha and the Venerable NÈgasena was able to put forth answers that clearly show the real intent of the teachings or discourses, thereby clearing seeming doubts and confusion regarding
dhamma. The answers tendered by the Venerable NÈgasena were clear and well directed to remove the k
. In many instances, the answers further elucidated the point in question by suppositions and counter questioning. The significance throughout the entire MilindapaÒha are the answers given by the Venerable
NÈgasena to emphasise the reality and fun
ctionability of the Buddha’s Teaching.
The events recorded herein originate in the country of Yonakas in a prominent city called SÈgala which is a great trading centre of the people of SÈgala. This city has many rivers, streams, hills and many delightful quarters spread over its landscape. It is also replete with parks, gardens, groves, lakes, reservoirs and ponds. It is also full of delights associated with rivers, mountains, and a wooded country. It is a city planned and built by people gifted with knowledge and experience. It is a well fortified city, where all forms of commerce thrive. Its people are well educated and much advanced as to the arts and culture. It is also associated with various sects of ascetic practice, hermits and recluses. The well thought out and cleverly presented questions by King Milinda and the adept answers by the Venerable NÈgasena are the fruit of deeds they have sowed in a previous life.