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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If one wants to have faith come first, then let it be the faith which begins with wisdom, not faith which comes from ignorance. Will that be long eutta his harm and ill? Skip to secondary content. Do not blindly believe religious teachings, he tells the Kalamas, just because they are claimed to be true, or even through the application of various methods or techniques.

Most of them tripped zutta fell, broke kalamz necks, or tumbled to death off cliffs. The Buddha next explains that a “noble disciple, devoid of covetousness and ill will, undeluded” dwells pervading the world with boundless loving-kindness, compassion, appreciative joy and equanimity.

The criterion for acceptance On the basis of a single passage, quoted out of context, the Buddha has been made out to be kwlama 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. The belief in the divine inspiration of the Bible is the basis for some of our highly polarized social issues, kallama people invoke the Bible as the authority for political or social views.

To question an axiom seems to go against reason, but may be the highest reason. In our day, the Bible is regarded by most Christians as the Word of God, though conceptions vary.

Travels in Latin America [Part 8] November 2, Thus, the Buddha named ten specific sources whose knowledge should not be immediately viewed as truthful without further investigation to avoid fallacies:.

Critical Thinking in Buddhism: The Kalama Sutta

Which of these reverend monks and brahmins spoke the truth and which falsehood? For many, Buddhism became a belief system rather than a way to understand and deal with life issues. The good repute of the Reverend Gotama has been spread in this way: Will that be long for his benefit and happiness?


Four Stages Arhat Buddha Bodhisattva. Information can be exchanged easily and rapidly. Even with ordinary advertising, we must depend on the principle of the Kalama Sutta, to say nothing of needing this principle to deal with outright propaganda, which is full of intentional deceptions. Then, how can ill results affect me who do no evil deed? An evening kalwma hedgehogs December 21, In all traditions this is the most difficult.

Consider it the greatest good fortune that the Buddha taught the Kalama Sutta. The disciple of the Noble Ones, Kalamas, kala,a 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.

However, as stated by Bhikkhu Bodhithis teaching is not intended as an endorsement for either radical skepticism or as for the creation of unreasonable personal truth:. Each population should choose whichever system suits the particular circumstances that it faces.

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

The Kalamas who were inhabitants of Kesaputta sitting on one side said to the Blessed One: Seeing such consummate ones is good dutta. 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 an axiom; nor upon specious reasoning; nor upon a bias towards a notion that has been pondered over; nor upon another’s seeming ability; nor upon the consideration, “The monk is our teacher.

Are these things skilful or unskilful good or bad? It aims at seeing things as they truly are which is a basic principle of Buddhism and its goal. The world is spinning fast with the defilements of humanity.

Let us take as careful a look at autta Kalama Sutta as the limited space allotted to this essay will allow, remembering that in order to understand sutts Buddha’s utterances correctly it is essential to take account of his own intentions in making them. We also call kala,a hearsay. Their village was in a place through which many religious teachers passed. They approached him merely as a counselor who might help dispel their doubts, but they did not come to him as the Tathagata, the Truth-finder, who might show them the way to spiritual progress and to final liberation.

Nevertheless, after advising the Kalamas not to rely upon established tradition, abstract reasoning, and charismatic gurus, the Buddha proposes to them a teaching that is immediately verifiable and capable of laying a firm foundation for a life of moral discipline and mental purification. The Kalamas of Kesaputta ask for guidance from the Buddha 3. The Buddha begins by assuring the Kalamas that under such circumstances it is proper for them to doubt, an assurance which encourages free inquiry.


Buddhist Scriptures: Kalama Sutta

This interpretation of the sutta, however, forgets that the advice the Buddha gave the Kalamas was contingent upon the understanding that they were not yet prepared to place faith in him and his doctrine; it also forgets that the sutta omits, for that very reason, all mention of right view and of the entire perspective that opens up when right view is acquired.

Be kind to yourself and come to terms with your body October 15, The ten examples, which the Buddha gave in the Kalama Sutta follow:. It offers instead the most reasonable counsel on wholesome living possible when the issue of ultimate beliefs has been put into kalamma. A democracy of selfish people means freedom to use their selfishness in a most frightening and awful manner. We begin with an immediately verifiable teaching whose validity sjtta be attested by anyone with the moral integrity to follow it through to its conclusions, namely, that the defilements cause harm and suffering both personal and social, that their removal brings peace and happiness, and that the practices taught by the Buddha are effective means for achieving their removal.

Buddhist Scriptures: A Look at the Kalama Sutta, by Bhikkhu Bodhi

The full text can be read on the Mahidol University website. 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. Venerable sir, there is doubt, there is uncertainty in us concerning them. 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.

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.