I have been reading Gil Fronsdal's "The Buddha before Buddhism."
It is a translation of the Atthakavagga, one of the books that is included in the Sutta Nipata, which is believed to be among the earliest and purest Buddhist texts.
Fronsdal believes this section to "pare down the Buddha's teaching to its most uncomplicated essence."
'Keeping with The Book of Eights’ emphasis on peace and non-clinging,
the main teaching on views is the importance of not clinging to any views,
philosophies or religious teachings.
This would include views about what happens after death, the nature of the “self,”
or whether or not it is possible to fly.
The text teaches that someone should shake off every view
without embracing or rejecting anything.
In addition, a number of verses are critical of any judgment
that one’s own religious views are the truest or best while others are inferior."
Then, from the text itself:
"One who is attached gets into disputes over doctrines;
But how and with what would one dispute someone unattached?
By not embracing or rejecting anything
A person has shaken off every view, right here."
I also have V. Fausböll's original translation, but it is pretty old-fashioned and dry when compared to Fronsdal's.
Has anyone else read the book?