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In spite of the elaborate arguments that were compiled by the Buddha's later followers and which we find set out in some of the scriptures, there can be no doubt that Gotama decried the current habit of philosophical disputation, and that he counselled avoidance of challenges to wordy combat. Better it was to maintain the noble silence! If, however, his disciples could not do this, then they must attempt to 'Cultivate equanimity' and, 'Unmoved alike by blame, by praise, remain serene: neither cast down by blame nor elated by praise' (Sn vs. 702).