Imagine that you had a time machine that took you back to the Buddha's day (along with a universal translator straight out of Star Trek). Imagine further that you were able to speak with the Teacher. Let's say that he is 72 years old and the year is about 412 B.C.E. Devadatta has already tried to cause a schism. What question or three would you ask him (that you wouldn't mind posting here)?
Think of it as a way to bring to mind Buddhist mysteries or uncertainties that you might wish to investigate or issues in Buddhism that are important to you.
I think I’d ask the following:
1. "What form of meditation do you teach?” or “Would you guide me in meditation?”
2. “How would you describe the experience of recollecting your past lives?”
3. “How does the world appear to you?”
I am very interested to know what you would ask the Buddha if you could.
Sīlaṃ balaṃ appaṭimaṃ.
Virtue is a matchless power.
Virtue is the greatest weapon.
Virtue is the best adornment.
Virtue is a wonderful armor.
etaṃ buddhāna sāsanaṃ.
Refraining from all wrong-doing,
Undertaking the good,
Purifying the mind,
This is the teaching of the buddhas.
Dhammapada v. 183/14.5