"Namo Tassa Bhagavato Arahato Sammā Sambuddhasa"
Among many outstanding Suttas expounded by the Venerable AggaMahā Paṇḍita Mahāsī Sayādawpayāgyī, Vammika Sutta is one of the mostinteresting discourses that reveals the Truth of Buddha's Dhamma in asimple, effective way and in unequivocal terms. The brilliant light of Mahāsī preachings has expelled the darkness or the dim ambiguities of certainhighly philosophical dhamma which are not ordinarily and easilycomprehensible to a man of average intelligence. This lovely discourse originally preached by the Buddha has beenelucidated by the Author, the Venerable Mahāsī Sayādaw, to become a newlydeveloped product idea of his own. It reveals in a very brief and striking waythe genius of the Lord Buddha, the Omniscient. In it you will find thefundamental religious concepts ornamented with a wide variety of aphorismsand lively short
or stories, which though concisely narrated leavingout what are irrelevant to the practical aspect of the dhamma, will be foundreally interesting and invaluable. The exposition takes the trend of a new style of expression relatingto the prime importance of the practice of Vipassanā meditation which isessential for all mankind to escape from the fetters of human passions. TheVenerable Mahāsī Sayādawpayāgyī has precisely presented the practicalmethod of Vipassanā meditation exercise in this discourse, with brillianttouches which would surely bring an enthusiastic reader a step closer toNibbāna. This statement is not an exaggeration. Reading through this Sutta,one may perhaps be aroused with curiosity as to what are the fifteen riddlingproblems which were posed by Ashin Kumārakassapa on the advice given bya Brahmā god and what are the answers as elucidated by the Blessed One. Treatment of this Sutta with lucid explanation is beautifully blendedwith the genius of the Author. The translation truthfully rendered will, it ishoped, give a delightful reading particularly to those who understand Englishlanguage and who have a bent in Buddhist philosophy. It may perhaps even