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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Known ialama an innovative re-interpreter of Buddhist doctrine and Thai folk beliefs, Buddhadasa fostered a reformation in conventional religious perceptions in his home country, Thailand, as well as abroad. Even in this world, here and now, you should keep yourself free from hatred, free from malice, safe, kalamma, and happy. During his quest, Gotama did not inquire with religious authorities, but, rather, studied with several teacher-philosophers, similar to Socrates in the West.

A democracy of selfish people means freedom to use their selfishness in a most frightening and awful manner.

Some other monks and brahmins too, venerable sir, come to Kesaputta. 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.

Do not believe just because something fits with the reasoning of logic takka.

Critical Thinking in Buddhism: The Kalama Sutta

The Buddha proceeds to list the criteria by which any sensible person can decide which teachings to accept as true. Part of a series on Buddhism History. So we can say that the Kalama Sutta is beneficial even in solving economic problems. We should not be swayed to accept ideas simply because of the ability or expertise of the exponent.


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

Yet in this world, here and now, free from hatred, free from malice, safe and sound, and happy, I keep myself. Rather than supporting skepticism or subjective truths, in the sutta the Buddha continues to argue that the three unwholesome roots greed, hatred and delusion lead to the opposite negative results, i.

Participatory Culture See all. Greed, hate, and delusion 5.

Kalama Sutta

When you yourselves know: Do not go upon what has been acquired by repeated hearing. Many things once accepted in society as axioms, givens, such as the separation of races, male superiority, that the earth is flat, etc. He proposes not a passive acceptance but, rather, constant questioning and personal testing to identify those truths which verifiably reduce one’s own stress kalaja misery Pali: Yet in this world, here and now, free from hatred, free from malice, safe and sound, and happy, I keep myself.

He cautions against legends which are stories based on unproven facts. An evening with bats December 28, The belief in the divine 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.

Once the Blessed One, while wandering in the Kosala country with a large community of bhikkhus, entered a town of the Kalamaa people called Kesaputta.

Now does the Kalama Sutta suggest, as is often held, that a sutts of the Buddhist path can dispense with all faith and doctrine, that he should make his own personal experience the criterion for judging the Buddha’s utterances and for rejecting what cannot be squared with it? Which spoke the truth and which falsehood? Retrieved from ” https: Four Stages Arhat Buddha Bodhisattva.

The Kalama Sutta states Pali expression in parentheses: Now this passage, like everything else spoken by the Buddha, has been stated in a specific context – with a particular audience and situation in oalama – and thus must be understood in relation to autta context. The Kalama Sutta requires us to have wisdom before having faith. It can be incorrect if the reasoning or choice of assumptions is inappropriate. Consider it the greatest good fortune that the Buddha taught the Kalama Sutta.


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

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Political campaigns and religious debate often employ such assertions. 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.

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. As if, venerable sir, a person were to turn 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, ‘Those who have eyes will see visible objects,’ so has the Dhamma been set forth in many ways by the Blessed One.

After all, Buddhism had unique advantages for someone who rejected their faith Christian due to its authoritarianism and unscientific outlook. Even with ordinary advertising, we must depend on the principle of the Sutat Sutta, to say nothing of needing this principle to deal with outright propaganda, which is full of intentional deceptions.

His method is sometimes compared with medical diagnosis kalxma treatment. Conscious Creativity See all. Eutta, venerable sir, go to the Blessed One for refuge, to the Dhamma for refuge, and to the Community of Bhikkhus for refuge. I, however, think of doing evil to no one. Seeing such consummate ones is good indeed. It offers instead the most reasonable counsel on wholesome living possible when the issue of ultimate beliefs has been put into brackets.