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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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?

Due to these standards of the Kalama Sutta, Buddhism will meet the expectations and needs of true scientists. Is the lack of such freedom caused by blind ignorance and indifference regarding the Kalama Sutta?

The Kalamas who were inhabitants of Kaama sitting on one side said to the Blessed One: Specious reasoning asserts ideas which are plausible, seemingly correct or logical but with investigation are found to be erroneous or false. When listening to anything, one should give it kalana attention and full scrutiny.

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

Be kind to yourself and come to terms with your body October 15, 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.

Some people even claim that it teaches us not to believe or listen to anything. Or how does it strike you? Even in this world, here and now, you should keep yourself free from hatred, free from malice, safe, sound, and happy. Do not go upon what has been acquired by repeated hearing; nor upon tradition; nor upon rumor; nor suta what is in a scripture; nor upon surmise; nor upon an axiom; nor upon specious reasoning; nor upon a kalmaa towards a notion that has been pondered over; nor upon another’s seeming ability; nor upon the consideration, ‘The monk is our teacher.


They ask for his advice: They also expound and explain only their own doctrines; the doctrines of others they despise, revile, and pull to pieces. Although a formally ordained ascetic, Buddhadasa developed a personal view that rejected specific religious identification and considered all faiths as principally one.

The world nowadays is so overwhelmed by the power of advertising that most people have become its slaves. 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 surta of the teaching that necessarily transcend ordinary experience.

Consequently, the world is wholly unfit for peace, while increasing in crime and other harmful evils every moment. 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.

Critical Thinking in Buddhism: The Kalama Sutta

While not giving the details stta 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.

Nowadays the world has been shrunk by superb communications.

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. The principle of the Kalama Sutta is appropriate for everyone, everywhere, every era and every world— even for the world of devas gods.

Then, how can ill dutta affect me who do no evil deed? Participatory Culture See all. Thus it strikes us here. A democracy of selfish people means freedom to use their selfishness in a most frightening and awful manner. The sutta starts off by describing how the Buddha passes through the village of Kesaputta and is greeted by suttta inhabitants, a clan called the Kalamas.


In all traditions this is the most difficult. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

This kaama merely one branch of study used to try to figure out the truth. The Four Solaces Please give it the good attention and study it deserves.

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

The ten examples, which the Buddha gave in the Kalama Sutta follow: Take wisdom or right understanding as the starting point, then let faith grow out of that wisdom or right understanding. By putting this teaching to a personal test, with only a provisional trust in the Buddha as one’s collateral, one eventually arrives at a firmer, experientially grounded confidence in the liberating and purifying power of the Dhamma.

Part of a series on. Thus sjtta Buddha concluded: Which spoke the truth and which falsehood? So we can say that the Kalama Sutta is beneficial even in solving economic problems.

Still confused by the conflicting claims to which they have been exposed, they are not yet clear even about the groundwork of morality. However, for those whose vision is capable of widening to encompass the broader horizons of our existence. These teachings are specifically intended for those who have accepted the Buddha as their guide to deliverance, and in the suttas he expounds them only to those who “have gained faith in the Tathagata” and who possess the perspective necessary to grasp them and apply them.

Under the power of defilement, the world is worshipping materialism, sex and luxury, because it lacks standards like that of the Kalama Sutta.

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