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How did the Buddha respond to Kisa Gotami's request? What can be inferred about his method of teaching from the same? (The Sermon at Benares)

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When Kisa Gotami requested the Buddha to cure her son, he did not give her a lecture or tell her that what she was doing was wrong.

He instead asked her to collect mustard seeds from a house that had not experienced death. He presented her with a task that required her to reflect and learn about the universal nature of suffering.  

Buddha's method of teaching can be understood as one where he engages his students in a journey of self-discovery, rather than directly providing them with an answer to a question.