This being the last section of our course, we will read the three remaining similes from Hecker we haven’t covered yet: 4, 30, and 73. Congratulations! You’ve now finished the entire book!
It’s interesting to me that Bhikkhu Anālayo placed “emptiness” last. It seems to borrow from later Mahayana thoughts on the “two truths” and “perfection of wisdom,” since emptiness in the EBTs seems more closely related to vipassana than vimutti. What do you think? Is emptiness the end of the path, or merely instrumental? How does understanding the EBTs as rhetoric help you to answer this question?