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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Views Read Edit View history. 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. Let us take as careful a look at the Kalama Sutta as the limited space allotted to this essay will allow, remembering that in order to understand the Buddha’s utterances correctly it is essential to take account of his own intentions in making them.

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

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.

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

Consequently, behaviour based on these three roots should be abandoned. 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.

Consider it the greatest good fortune that the Buddha taught the Kalama Sutta. Although a formally ordained ascetic, Buddhadasa developed a personal view that rejected specific religious identification and considered all faiths as principally one. However, the other rabbis replied that the voice of God is no substitute for a good reason and argument and they would not accept the decision even if the voice of God supported it.

In any case he did not leave them wholly to their own resources, but by questioning sjtta 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. Seeing such consummate ones is kalaa indeed.


Venerable sir, may the Blessed One regard us as lay followers who have gone for refuge for life, from today. It kalaja a gift for everyone in the world.

The Kalama Sutta, which sets forth the principles that should be followed by a seeker of truth, and which contains a standard things are judged by, belongs to a framework of the Dhamma; the four solaces taught in the sutta point out the extent to which the Buddha permits suspense of judgment in matters beyond normal cognition.

If one wants to have faith come first, then let it be the faith which begins with wisdom, not faith which comes from ignorance. 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.

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The Kalama Sutta states Pali expression in parentheses: Thus it strikes us here. Intellectual and spiritual freedom is best.

Or do we meet in suttaa claims just another set of variations on that egregious old tendency to interpret the Dhamma kkalama to whatever notions are congenial to oneself – or to those to whom one is preaching?

Please give it the good attention and study it deserves. There is a contemporary motto: We like using this approach so much that it becomes habitual.

All people in the world, including the Thai people, are now in the same situation as were the Kalama people of Kesaputtanigama, India, during the time of the Buddha. To accept them in trust after careful consideration is to set foot on a suttta which transforms faith into wisdom, confidence into certainty, and culminates in liberation from suffering. That is the only safe approach.

Do not believe just because something fits with the reasoning of logic takka. Conscious Creativity See all. Its monastic character, where followers revered monks, and rituals encouraged popular devotion. Travels in Latin America [Part 8] November 2, Moral judgements of actions can therefore be deduced by analysing whether these actions are based on the unwholesome roots or not.

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While not giving the details of Buddhist traditional beliefs, Buddhist exponents, such as Anagarika Dharmapala of Ceylon presently Sri Lankapromoted the harmony of Buddhism and science in contrast to Christianity which conflicted with science, particularly on the theory of evolution. Walk through opened doors December 20, They also expound and explain only their own doctrines; the doctrines of others they despise, revile, and pull to pieces.


What can be justly maintained is that those aspects of the Buddha’s teaching that come within the purview of our ordinary experience can be personally confirmed within experience, and that this confirmation provides a sound basis for placing faith in those aspects of the teaching that necessarily transcend ordinary experience.

The criterion for acceptance When there are reasons for doubt, uncertainty is born. So we cannot trust every letter and word in them. Thus purified of hate and malice, he enjoys here and now four “solaces”: 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.

This page was last edited on 3 Octoberat Participatory Culture See all. As a result we are in doubt about the teachings of all of them. Which of these reverend monks and brahmins spoke the truth and which falsehood?

With this the Kalamas express their appreciation of the Buddha’s discourse and go for refuge to the Triple Gem. The passage that has been cited so often runs as follows: Four Stages Arhat Buddha Bodhisattva.

This section 17 features the Buddha’s four assurances, or solaces. He kalqma 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.

These teachings are specifically intended for those who have accepted the Buddha as their guide to deliverance, and in the suttas he suttaa them only to those who “have gained faith in the Tathagata” and who possess the perspective necessary to grasp them and apply them.

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.