I just read this sutta and it’s shocking to me that there are teachings here which is sort of contradictory of what some Dhamma speakers (who are not well versed in the sutta) has been advocating.
- The Buddha recommends not to praise others who follow the teaching of those who are not fully enlightened. But if they are bad followers of other religions, they are to be praised. It’s bad kamma to encourage people along the path which doesn’t lead to enlightenment.
This sort of contradicts what a lot of dhamma speakers had kind of advised us to deal with others of different religions. For the sake of religious harmony, sometimes we just say it’s good that you’re a christian, at least you are following some form of morality and you’re happy.
Or some also encourage people to learn Buddhism to become a better Christian etc…
That kind of religious harmony attitude may have been extrapolated from the sutta where the Buddha encouraged someone whom he had converted to continue support his previous religious teacher in food. This is consistent as it’s ok to support people in food, but don’t follow their wrong teachings.
- The self and cosmos, pain and pleasure are not eternal, that view is not acknowledged by the Buddha.
This seems like an ordinary extension of the principle of all conditioned things are impermanent, and many dhamma speakers does sort of advocate all are not eternal. So it’s funny that the Buddha didn’t acknowledge those views.