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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Seeing such consummate ones is good indeed. Thus, the Buddha named ten specific sources whose knowledge should not be immediately viewed as truthful without further investigation kalamaa avoid fallacies:.

But in order for this insight to exercise a truly liberative function, it must unfold in the context of an accurate grasp of the essential truths concerning our situation in the world and the domain where deliverance is to be sought. Yet in this world, here and now, free from hatred, free from malice, safe suyta sound, and happy, I keep myself.

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Do not believe just because something fits with the reasoning of logic takka. Eventually he even departed from his five companions who focused on asceticism, which placed severe restraints on the body, in order to pursue an independent path to enlightenment. Wholistic Health See all. Intellectual and spiritual freedom is best.

Through modern media urban legends and rumors spread rapidly. 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.

Does absence of greed appear in a man for his benefit or harm? When you yourselves know: Criticized or praised by the wise?

He advises that the words of the wise should be heeded and taken into account. 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. Revelation cannot replace reason.

Indeed, the Blessed One is thus consummate, fully enlightened, endowed with knowledge and practice, sublime, knower of the worlds, peerless, guide of tamable men, teacher of divine and human beings, which he by himself has through direct knowledge understood clearly.

I, however, think of zutta evil to no one. There is a contemporary motto: True scientists emphasize experimental verification, not their own concepts, opinions and reasoning, as their main criterion for accepting something as true.


The gift of meeting and greeting ourselves where we are December 25, Be kind to yourself and come to terms with your body October 15, We should respond to new statements and teachings as we respond to new medicines, by depending on the principles in the Kalama Sutta as a true refuge. When an algorithm gets online dating right December 26, 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.

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Political campaigns and religious debate suutta employ such assertions. We like using this approach so much that it becomes habitual.

The Kalama Sutta is to be used by people of all ages.

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

They expound and explain only their own doctrines; the doctrines of others they despise, kalmaa, and pull to pieces. Thus, because the Kalamas had not yet come to accept suttaa Buddha in terms of his unique mission, as the discloser of the liberating truth, it would not have been in place for him to expound to them the Dhamma unique to his own Dispensation: Partly in reaction to dogmatic religion, partly in subservience to the reigning paradigm of objective scientific knowledge, it has become fashionable to hold, by appeal to the Kalama Sutta, that the Buddha’s teaching dispenses with faith and formulated doctrine and asks us to accept only what we can personally verify.

Do not go upon what has been acquired by repeated hearing; nor upon tradition; nor upon rumor; nor upon what is in a scripture; nor upon surmise; nor upon suttz axiom; nor upon specious reasoning; nor upon a bias towards a notion that has been kakama over; nor upon another’s seeming ability; nor upon the consideration, ,alama monk is our teacher. Take wisdom or right understanding as the starting point, then let faith grow out of that wisdom or right understanding.

Does this world, which is intoxicated with freedom really know or have freedom in line with the principle of the Kalama Sutta? In any case he did not leave them wholly to their own resources, but by questioning them led them to see that greed, hate and delusion, being conducive to harm and suffering for oneself and others, are to be abandoned, and their opposites, being beneficial to all, are to be developed.

Within his teaching’s own framework they are kalana root defilements — the primary causes of all bondage and suffering ialama and the entire practice of the Dhamma can be viewed as the task of eradicating these evil roots by developing to perfection their antidotes — dispassion, kindness and wisdom.


We need to use our powers of discrimination to see sutts those words can be applied to the quenching of suffering. On the basis of a single passage, quoted out of context, the Buddha has been made out to be a pragmatic empiricist who dismisses all doctrine and faith, and whose Dhamma is simply a freethinker’s kit to truth which invites each one to accept and reject whatever he likes.

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

We often find that speakers who appear credible on the outside say incorrect and foolish things. They expound, explain and glorify their own doctrines; the doctrines of others they deprecate, revile, show contempt for, and disparage.

Venerable sir, there is doubt, there is uncertainty klaama us concerning them. A legend or tradition appears factual but cannot be fully verified. As if, venerable sir, a person were to kslama face upwards what is upside down, or to uncover the concealed, or to point the way to one who is lost or to carry a lamp in the darkness, thinking, jalama who have eyes will see visible objects,’ so has the Dhamma been set forth in many ways by the Blessed One.

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.

It offers instead the most reasonable counsel on wholesome living possible when the issue of ultimate beliefs has been put into brackets. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. He proposes not a passive acceptance but, rather, constant questioning and personal testing to identify those truths which verifiably reduce one’s own stress or misery Pali: Still confused by the conflicting claims to which they have been exposed, they are not yet clear even about the groundwork of morality.

This, in fact, marks the acquisition of right view, in its preliminary role as the forerunner of the entire Noble Eightfold Path.

Due to these standards of the Kalama Sutta, Buddhism will meet the expectations and needs of true scientists.

However, the Jewish Rabbis teachers relied on reason to interpret the meaning and application of those laws. The good repute of the Reverend Gotama has been spread in this way: Greed, hate, and delusion 5.

This is the greatest special quality of Buddhism, which keeps its practitioners from being the intellectual slaves of anyone, as explained above.