Sutta Nipata IV.3
Translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
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There are some who dispute
corrupted at heart,
and those who dispute
their hearts set on truth,
but a sage doesn't enter
a dispute that's arisen,
which is why he is
Now, how would one
led on by desire,
entrenched in his likes,
forming his own conclusions,
overcome his own views?
He'd dispute in line
with the way that he knows.
Whoever boasts to others, unasked,
of his practices, precepts,
is, say the skilled,
ignoble by nature --
he who speaks of himself
of his own accord.
But a monk at peace,
fully unbound in himself,
who doesn't boast of his precepts
-- "That's how I am" --
he, say the skilled,
is noble by nature --
he with no vanity
with regard to the world.
One whose doctrines aren't clean --
fabricated, formed, given preference
when he sees it to his own advantage --
relies on a peace
on what can be shaken.
Because entrenchments in views
aren't easily overcome
when considering what's grasped
a person embraces or rejects a doctrine --
in light of these very
Now, one who is cleansed
has no preconceived view
about states of becoming
anywhere in the world.
Having abandoned conceit & illusion,
by what means would he go?
He isn't involved.
For one who's involved
gets into disputes
but how -- in connection with what --
would you argue
with one uninvolved?
He has nothing
embraced or rejected,
has sloughed off every view
right here -- every one.
1. Entrenchments: a rendering of the Pali term, nivesana,
which can also be rendered as abode, situation, home, or establishment.
2. Nd.I: Cleansed through discernment.
3. Nd.I explains a variety of ways of understanding
the word "conceit," the most comprehensive being a list of nine kinds
of conceit: viewing people better than oneself as worse than oneself, on a par
with oneself, or better than oneself; viewing people on a par with oneself as
worse than oneself, on a par with oneself, or better than oneself; viewing
people worse than oneself as worse than oneself, on a par with oneself, or
better than oneself. In other words, the truth of the view is not the issue
here; the issue is the tendency to compare oneself with others.
4. Nd.I: "By what means would he go" to
any destination in any state of becoming.
5. In connection with what: a rendering of the
instrumental case that attempts to cover several of its meanings, in particular
"by what means" and "in terms of what." For a discussion of
the use of the instrumental case in the Atthaka Vagga,