The novice referred to here is the seven-year old Sopaka. He was questioned by the Buddha. It is not a matter for surprise that a child of such tender years can give profound answers to these questions. One has heard of infant prodigies. (3)
1. Also known as ‘Kumaro Panha’, Questions to be answered by the Young One. Khp. 2; cf. A. v. 50 ff; 55 ff.
2. See notes at the end of the book.
3. Vide Encyclopaedia Britannica. Inc., 1955, II. p. 389. Also read The Case for Rebirth. Francis Story. Wheel 12-13. Buddhist Publication Society, Kandy, Sri Lanka.