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Do Buddhists argue over topics? Wouldn't that be unwholesome and view clinging?

  • Suggestion: 'Debate' may be a better word to phrase your question to maintain neutrality. ('Argue' may not be the best word to use if I am correct about the context of your question) – Krizalid_13190 Nov 19 '19 at 3:32
  • Ddebating is an effective method for learning. The word 'arguing' suggests something more egotistical than debating, and as you say it can spill over into clinging and dogmatism. – user14119 Nov 26 '19 at 13:42
  • @Krizalid_13190 Call it "arguing" or "debating" as you wish -- if you think the difference is important you could explain that in an answer. – ChrisW Nov 26 '19 at 23:03
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Arguing depends upon person to person. Buddha always forbid arguing. Even at time of buddha , few of his disciples used to argue & he ,by many Upmas(lessons), used to forbid everyone to argue.

By wearing a tag of buddhism or any other tradition , doesn't mean person has become an enlightened one. If somebody is not ready to accept , it's good -let this go otherwise ,if accepts ,it's good ,still ,whatever the case is ,one must be ready to learn(if same is unenlightened) ,mustn't stick to blind-faith.

Moreover , dhamma-discussion can be done peacefully , buddha never restricted dhamma_related_discussion. You are your own master , you cannot force anyone to accept your views ,if you are forcing or arguing that means you are clinging & this is unwholesome.

Above is for full_time meditators.

For house holders::

Sometimes ,it becomes necessary to argue ,not to fulfill your desire but saving someone's life ,taking important decisions for benefit of large amount of people,etc. In such cases , arguing becomes necessary ,still this must be done while maintaining basic 5 Percepts at body & mental level.

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