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There doesn’t seem to be that much interest for these anymore - very few reads, replies or contributions, so I’m somewhat doubting whether it is useful to carry on.
Anyways, Chapter 12 is called “the shorter discourse on the dead end”, and it discusses the subject of truth in the debate amongst renunciants. The Buddha says each renunciant creates his or her own view on the truth, but that these are just concepts, and that he himself does not say of anything that it is the truth.
These stanza’s stood out to me...
Based on what they have seen, heard, and thought out,
And on precepts and religious practices, they show contempt.
Taking a stand in what they have determined,
And happy with themselves
They say “my opponent is foolish and unskilled.”
The Buddha goes on to explain the problems of entrenched debating stances, and finishes with...
Set in what they’ve decided,
Having themselves as the standard,
They get into quarrels in this world.
But those who have abandoned all judgments,
Create no conflict in the world.