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Kalama Sutta: The Buddha’s Charter of Free Inquiry The Kalamas who were inhabitants of Kesaputta: “Reverend Gotama, the monk, the son of the Sakiyans, . Kalama Sutta. The people of Kalama asked the Buddha who to believe out of all the ascetics, sages, venerables, and holy ones who, like himself, passed. But does the Kalama Sutta really justify such views? Or do we meet in these claims just another set of variations on that egregious old tendency to interpret the.

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Hope and meaning in an infinitely complex world September 26, So it is, Sublime one. Some people even claim that it teaches us not to believe or listen to anything. He delivers in response a sermon that serves as an entry point to the Dhamma, the Buddhist teachings for those unconvinced by mere spectacular revelation.


A Look at the Kalama Sutta

Absence of greed, hate, and delusion 11, “What sufta you think, Kalamas? This principle enables us to know how to choose the teachings, which are truly capable of quenching suffering dukkha.

Four Stages Arhat Buddha Bodhisattva. Thus the Buddha concluded: They also expound and explain only their own doctrines; the doctrines of others they despise, revile, and pull to pieces.

,alama whose teachings should they follow? People often defend a point of view by repeatedly asserting it, usually with rising voices and tempers. To question an axiom seems to go against reason, but may be the highest reason.

Be kind to yourself and zutta to terms with your body October 15, Does greed appear in a man for his benefit or harm? Accepting what fits our theories may seem to be a scientific approach, but actually can never be so, since its proofs and experiments are inadequate.

Does absence of delusion appear in a man for his benefit or harm? He gave ten basic conditions to beware of in order to avoid becoming the intellectual slave of anyone, even of the Buddha himself. This is how to live:. All people in the world, including the Thai people, are now in the sutya situation as were the Kalama people of Kesaputtanigama, India, during the time of the Buddha.


Nowadays, worldly people can study many different approaches to economic, social and technological development. Then, how can ill results affect me who do kala,a evil deed?

Travels in Latin America [Part 6] October 18, Although a formally ordained ascetic, Buddhadasa developed a personal view that rejected specific religious identification and considered all faiths as principally one. Part of a series on Buddhism History. Yet in this world, here and now, free from hatred, free from malice, safe and sound, and happy, I keep myself.

To accept them in trust after careful consideration is to set foot on a journey which transforms faith into wisdom, confidence into certainty, and culminates in liberation from suffering. A lesson in Aparigraha—letting go August 22, Thus it strikes us here. For the three states brought forth for examination by the Buddha — greed, hate and delusion — are not merely grounds of wrong conduct or moral stains upon suhta mind.

Critical Thinking in Buddhism: The Kalama Sutta | Shin Dharma Net

For those who are not concerned to look further, who are not prepared to adopt any convictions about a future life and worlds beyond the present one, such a teaching will ensure their present welfare and their safe passage to a pleasant rebirth — provided they do not fall into the wrong view of denying an afterlife and kammic causation.

Surta all traditions this is the most difficult.

Retrieved from ” https: Children will understand the principle of the Kalama Sutta more and more as they grow up. This is the greatest special quality of Buddhism, which keeps its practitioners from being the intellectual autta of anyone, as explained above.

Do not worship computers so much, for doing so goes against this principle of the Kalama Sutta.


Critical Thinking in Buddhism: The Kalama Sutta

The Buddha proceeds to list the criteria by which any kwlama person can decide which teachings to accept as true. The Kalama Sutta is to be used by people of all ages. This left the Kalamas perplexed, and thus when “the recluse Gotama,” reputed to be an Awakened One, arrived in their township, they approached him in the hope that he might be able to dispel their confusion. Consider it the greatest good fortune that the Buddha taught the Kalama Sutta. The full text can be read on the Mahidol University website.

BELIEVE NOTHING: 10 teachings from the Kalama Sutta to defend against intellectual dependence

Direct knowledge grounded in one’s own experience can be called upon. They ask for his advice: Consequently, the world is wholly unfit for peace, while increasing in crime and other harmful evils every moment. Religion and history are full of legends and traditions which are suggestive stories aimed at exalting famous leaders or teachers, or to highlight the truth of a teaching.

But does the Kalama Sutta really justify such views? Do not believe just because something fits with the reasoning of logic takka.

Take wisdom or right understanding as the starting point, then let faith grow out of that wisdom or right understanding. This increased confidence in the teaching brings along a deepened faith in the Buddha as teacher, and thus disposes one to accept on trust those principles he enunciates that are relevant to the quest for awakening, even when they lie beyond one’s own capacity for verification.

The Buddha begins by assuring the Kalamas that under such circumstances it is proper for them to doubt, an assurance which encourages free inquiry.