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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, . A Look at the Kalama Sutta by Bhikkhu Bodhi. The discourse has been described as “the Buddha’s Charter of Free Inquiry,” and though the discourse certainly. 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.

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We ought never to believe blindly immediately upon hearing something, nor should we be forced to believe out of fear, bribery and the like. It analyses every phase of cosmic phenomenon, the constituents that go to make up a human being, and the differentiating states of mentality; it categorizes the differentiation of Good, Evil and Neutral; it rejects every phase of superstitious belief that is based on mere tradition, speculation, revelations, magic, analogy, logic, authority, and collected discourses, kalam appeals to the purified heart to distinguish the good from the bad, and to avoid doing anything that is correlated with covetousness, anger and lust.

So we can say that the Kalama Sutta is beneficial even in solving economic problems. The Buddha next explains that a “noble disciple, devoid of covetousness and kzlama will, undeluded” dwells pervading the world with boundless loving-kindness, compassion, appreciative joy and equanimity.

A story is told that once in a dispute one rabbi insisted on his opinion as the truth in the dispute, and threatened to call down the voice of God back him up.

This is an extract from his message to the people of Thailand in Or should we wait until we have sufficient reason to try just kalma little of it first, to see if it truly gives good results, before fully relying on it? Then it is possible that at the dissolution of the body after death, I shall arise in the heavenly world, which is possessed of kalaka state of bliss. kqlama

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

Thus it strikes us here. As a result we are in doubt about the teachings of all of them. Part of a series on Buddhism History. When listening to anything, one should give it careful attention and full scrutiny. 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 the mind. Mind-spirit Mind-spirit See all.


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

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The same holds true in the principle of the Noble Eightfold Path: They also expound and explain only their own doctrines; the doctrines of others they despise, revile, and pull to pieces. The world nowadays is so overwhelmed by the power of advertising that most people have become its slaves.

This left suttta 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. Their village was in a place through which many religious teachers passed. Will that be long for his harm and ill?

Critical Thinking in Buddhism: The Kalama Sutta

Consequently, behaviour based on these three roots should be abandoned. None of the items in the Kalama Sutta state that children should never believe anyone or should never listen to anyone, they all state that children, and everyone else, should listen and believe only after having seen the real meaning of something and the advantages they will receive from such belief and its subsequent practice.

The disciple of the Noble Ones, Kalamas, who has such a hate-free mind, such a malice-free mind, such an undefiled mind, and such a purified mind, is one by whom, here and now, these four solaces are found. The Buddha begins by assuring the Kalamas that under such circumstances it is proper for them to doubt, an assurance which encourages free inquiry.

The various schools of Buddhism all have their own cannons, among which there are discrepancies.

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When you yourselves know: The criterion for acceptance He next speaks the passage quoted above, advising the Kalamas to abandon those things they know for themselves to be bad and to undertake those things they know for themselves to be good. This is merely one branch of study used to try to figure out the truth. The Kalama Sutta requires us to have wisdom before having faith. Some other monks and brahmins jalama, venerable sir, come to Kesaputta.

A Look at the Kalama Sutta by Bhikkhu Bodhi The discourse has been described as “the Buddha’s Charter of Free Inquiry,” and though the discourse certainly does counter the decrees of dogmatism and blind faith with a vigorous call for free investigation, it is problematic whether the sutta can support all the positions that have been ascribed to it.


People often defend a point of view by repeatedly asserting it, usually with rising voices and tempers. Conscious Creativity See all.

Thus, the Buddha named ten specific sources whose knowledge should not be immediately viewed as truthful without further investigation to avoid fallacies:.

So we cannot trust every letter and word in them. As the Buddha charged his disciples at his death to be a refuge to themselves, a light for themselves, so here also the responsibility for determining the truth of your life is within yourself. The full text can be read on the Mahidol University website. Is the lack of such freedom caused by blind ignorance and klaama regarding the Kalama Sutta?

Do not believe just because something fits with sytta reasoning of logic takka. If one wants to have faith come first, then let it be the faith which begins with wisdom, not faith which comes from ignorance. Or how does it strike you? Direct knowledge grounded in one’s own experience can be called upon. Does absence of delusion appear in a man for his benefit or harm? This advice can be dangerous if given to those whose ethical sense is undeveloped, and we can thus assume that the Buddha regarded the Kalamas as people of refined moral sensitivity.

Consequently, problems drag on endlessly among those people who have a democracy of selfishness. Does absence of greed appear kalana a man for his benefit or harm? The universities teach just about everything. Wutta through these ways of kalqma information and achieving spiritual understanding and faith is the issue of authority. The ten examples, which the Buddha gave in the Kalama Sutta follow:. The Four Solaces The belief in the sutta inspiration of the Bible is the basis for some of our highly polarized social issues, where people invoke the Bible as the authority for political or social views.

Kalaja his quest, Gotama did not inquire with religious authorities, but, rather, studied with several teacher-philosophers, similar to Socrates in the West. Do not worship computers so much, for doing so goes against this principle of the Kalama Sutta. Venerable sir, there is doubt, there is uncertainty in us concerning them. The first and main part of the Kalama Sutta is often quoted, but an equally important section of the Kalama Sutta follows on from this.