I’m afraid I was one of the majority who just quietly listened to the discussion and the interesting questions asked (could think of no burning questions of my own ). I’ve being using Zoom quite heavily during the lockdown, but only locally, so a little bit surreal to see it work so well to link up with the other side of the world (the wonders of modern technology ).
Good mix of questions from the more basic to the more advanced, and very interesting to listen to Bhante Sujato’s answers. I thought the general discussion about the dependency and connection between the various items of just “one thing” listed was interesting.
If I had realized there was a thread on this, I might actually have jotted down a few notes on what was discussed (on what was last night in this part of the world). At one point, the plausibility of the general backstory of the origination of the book was gone into. One good point in its favour was that it was actually slightly embarrassing to monks (that they had forgotten these teachings and it later had to be all recounted to them with a bunch of laywomen as source); evidence given in court that is embarrassing to the person telling it is often treated as more credible. Someone else had a question about whether it would be of a similar age to the Attavagga. No definitive answer was given but there was a fairly nuanced discussion of some of the various arguments for and against.
Some questions about some concepts from the Itivuttaka were also raised, e.g. someone asked about conceit and conceiving, which I thought was nice (the original first talk about went a little into conceit, which mentioned that this involved comparisons to others, another better than oneself, another worse than oneself, and also, interestingly, the case where one thinks one is equal to another).
There was other stuff, which escapes me now. Perhaps I should take a few quick notes to jog my memory next time!
One line from Bhante Sujato did stand out for me. The discussion touched on samadhi for some reason at one point. He said that at one point (when he was in the US, I think he said) someone was asking him why their mind wouldn’t stay still. He said to them that there’s always some kind of wanting underling such thoughts (even if it isn’t maybe obvious what it is). Hope I’m paraphrasing that correctly, but I found that interesting food for thought!