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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Once the Blessed One, while wandering in the Kosala suttta with a large community of bhikkhus, entered a town of the Kalama people called Kesaputta.
The Kalamas who were inhabitants of Kesaputta: The good repute of the Reverend Gotama has been spread in this way: 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.
He set forth the Dhamma, good in the beginning, good in the middle, good in the end, possessed of meaning and the letter, and complete in everything; and he proclaims the holy life that is perfectly pure. Seeing such consummate ones is good indeed.
Then the Kalamas who were stta of Kesaputta went to where the Blessed One was.
On arriving there some paid homage to him and sat down on one side; some exchanged greetings with him and after the ending of cordial memorable talk, sat down on one side; some saluted him raising their joined palms and sat down on one side; some announced their name and family and sat down on one side; some without speaking, sat down on one side.
The Kalamas of Kesaputta ask for guidance from the Buddha 3. The Kalamas who were inhabitants of Kesaputta sitting on one side said to the Blessed One: They expound and explain only their own doctrines; the doctrines of others they despise, revile, and pull to pieces. Some other monks and brahmins too, venerable sir, come to Kesaputta.
They also expound and explain only their own doctrines; the doctrines of others they despise, revile, and pull to pieces. Venerable sir, there is doubt, there is uncertainty in us concerning them. Which of these reverend monks and brahmins spoke the truth and which falsehood? 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.
Greed, hate, and delusion 5. Does greed appear in a man for his benefit or harm?
Critical Thinking in Buddhism: The Kalama Sutta
Will that be long for his harm and ill? Does hate appear in a man for his benefit or harm?
Does delusion appear in a man for his benefit or harm? Are these things good or bad? Or how does it strike you?
Buddhist Scriptures: Kalama Sutta
Thus it strikes us here. 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. The criterion for acceptance Absence of greed, hate, and delusion 11, “What do you think, Kalamas? Does absence of greed appear in a man for his benefit or harm?
Will that be long for his benefit and happiness? Does absence of hate appear in a man for his benefit or harm? Does absence of delusion appear in a man for his benefit or harm? The Four Solaces Then it is possible that at the dissolution of the body after death, I shall arise in the heavenly world, which is possessed of the state of bliss.
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Yet in this world, here and now, free from hatred, free from malice, safe and sound, and happy, I keep myself. I, however, think of doing evil to no one.
Then, how can ill results affect me who do no evil deed? Then I see myself purified in any case. So it is, Sublime one. The disciple of the Noble Ones, venerable sir, who 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, four solaces are found.
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. We, venerable sir, go to the Blessed One for refuge, to the Dhamma for refuge, and to the Community of Bhikkhus for refuge.
Venerable sir, may the Blessed One regard us as lay followers who have gone for refuge for life, from today.