Clinging To Classical Theravada

Not clinging to views is praised all over the suttas. A teaching to be heeded and practiced, but which gets overlooked by people who are proud to call themselves dogmatic

Yes, clinging is always akusala .
Still right view is important and when right view arises there won’t be clinging ( at those moments).
Bodhi translation p.1503

2122 (9) Forerunner
“Bhikkhus, just as the dawn is the forerunner and precursor
of the sunrise, so right view is the forerunner and precursor
of wholesome qualities.
For one of right view, right intention
originates. For one of right intention, right speech originates.
For one of right speech, right action originates. For one of right
action, right livelihood originates. F o r one of right livelihood,
right effort originates. For one of right effort, right mindfulness
originates. For one of right mindfulness, right concentration [237]
originates. For one of right concentration, right knowledge originates.
For one of right knowledge, right, liberation originates.”
. Anguttara Nikaya 10:121

This quote was taken from the topic here, and it is typical last cry from “Partial-Theravadans” who are about to leave the group. The previous one to leave, called us orthodox dogmatic sectarians. I enjoyed that “name-calling” and added this description to our introduction banner so there is nothing misleading about us. You are encouraged to read it. Load up a private browser and go to the root Top Level Domain.

Not clinging to views is praised all over the suttas.

This quote about “clinging to views” is an “out of context” quote. “View” by itself always means “wrong-view”. However, “right-view” is praised by the Buddha and mentioned in his very first Sutta as part of the Eightfold Noble Path. By making out of context broad statements, this can let anyone do just about anything they please.

and more related to Theravada and ehem… directly mentioned in a Sutta: One can wrongly be led to believe that throwing away the raft before one is finished crossing the ocean of samsara is the correct action.

Having established this point, the discourse illustrates it with the simile of the water-snake, which in turn is an introduction to the simile of the raft. It is important to underline the connection between these two similes, for it is often missed. Many a casual reader has concluded from the simile of the raft simply that the Dhamma is to be let go. In fact, one major Mahayana text — the Diamond Sutra — interprets the raft simile as meaning that one has to let go of the raft in order to cross the river.
Ajahn Thanissaro

Has anyone suggested that this is about clinging to anything else than wrong views? You may leave that strawman in peace.

People who engage in wrong views are typically people who are convinced that they are somehow immune to wrong views.

Given that even sotapannas aren’t immune to wrong views, an attitude of prudence seems advisable for everyone.

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