Sakkapañha Sutta

Author By - Mahasi Sayadaw Gyi


Sakkapañha Sutta

Published Date - 2015

Buddha Date - 2559

Myanmar Date - 1377

AD Date - 2015

Author By - Mahasi Sayadaw Gyi

133 စာမျက်နှာ



On 20th December 1977, U Pwint Gaung, the then President of the Buddha Sasana Nuggha Organization requested Mahasi Sayadawgyi to deliver a Buddhist discourse which would be universally applicable to all human beings. Sayadawgyi was, at that time, compiling a discourse on “Sakkapañha Sutta”, so he delivered that discourse on new moon day of Pyatho, 1326B.E. (7th February 1978) at Mahasi Sasana Yeiktha.

The written discourse was printed and published only in 1979 after Sayadawgyi instructed one of his chief disciples, Venerable Indaka(Nyaung Gan) on 3rd March 1978, to write an introduction to the discourse, which introduction was finished on 15th March 1978.

Up to now, there were four Myanmar Editions and these Editions had been published by Satipatthana Vipassana Propagation Group of Mawlamyaing Taung Wain Galay Mahasi Sasana Yeiktha with the approval of the Venereable Sayadawgyi.

An abridged translation of the Myanmar discourse was made by a noted author U Aye Maung who had also translated some of the discourses of Sayadawgyi, and the first English Edition was published in December 1980 by the Buddha Sasana Nuggha Organization, followed by a Second Edition in April 1995.

Since both Editions were out of stock now, we are pleased to publish this Third Edition which includes a photo of the Venerable Mahasi Sayadawgyi and a brief sketch of his biography. We had also corrected some printing errors and omissions of the previous Editions. For easy reading and reference we also include an Appendix summarising 14 Questions asked by Sakka, and the answers given by Lord Buddha.

In the previous Editions an abridged translation of Ven Indaka’s excellent introduction or Preface which mentioned about the Sakkapanha Sutta was included. Since this translation was also included in this Edition, we do not need to say anything about this discourse.

We therefore conclude our Foreword with our prayers for all readers to understand fully the questions raised by Sakka, the King of Devas, concerning the whole mankind and illuminating replies of Lord Buddha, superbly clarified by Mahasi Sayadawgyi.

Dr.Tint Soe Lin


Buddha Sasana Nuggaha


October, 2015

A Discourse On Sakkapañha Sutta

This copy is Third Edition published in October 2015 in which the grammar, punctuations and spellings of English/ English Pali words were corrected during October 2018 for the next Edition.

(1) English words corrected by “ Microsoft Words” in computer by Ma Soe Soe on 15.10.2018 and checked by U Khin Maung Oo on 18.10.2018 and - -8.2018.

(2) Pali words re-checked by U Maung Maung Ko-- on 19.7.2019

Note; the words in red are not to be uploaded in the website.