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SN 56.9 Viggāhikakathāsutta: Arguments

“Mendicants, don’t get into arguments, such as:

  • ‘You don’t understand this teaching and training. I understand this teaching and training.
  • What, you understand this teaching and training?
  • You’re practicing wrong. I’m practicing right.
  • I stay on topic, you don’t.
  • You said last what you should have said first. You said first what you should have said last.
  • What you’ve thought so much about has been disproved.
  • Your doctrine is refuted. Go on, save your doctrine!
  • You’re trapped; get yourself out of this—if you can!’

Why is that? Because those discussions aren’t beneficial or relevant to the fundamentals of the spiritual life. They don’t lead to disillusionment, dispassion, cessation, peace, insight, awakening, and extinguishment.

When you discuss, you should discuss: ‘This is suffering’ When you discuss, you should discuss: ‘This is the origin of suffering’ When you discuss, you should discuss: ‘This is the cessation of suffering’ When you discuss, you should discuss: ‘This is the practice that leads to the cessation of suffering’. …

That’s why you should practice meditation to understand: ‘This is suffering’ … ‘This is the origin of suffering’ … ‘This is the cessation of suffering’ … ‘This is the practice that leads to the cessation of suffering’.”


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