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Kalama Sutta :
10 Points as Guide through Life

 

 

1. Do not simply believe what you hear just because you have heard it for a long.

2. Do not follow tradition blindly merely because it has been practised in that way for many generations.

3. Do not be quick to listen to rumours and hearsay.

4. Do not confirm anything just because it agrees with your scriptures.

5. Do not foolishly make assumptions.

6. Do not abruptly draw conclusions by what you see and hear.

7. Do not be fooled by outward appearances.

8. Do not hold on tightly to any view or idea just because you are comfortable with it.

9. Do not accept as fact anything that you yourself find to be logical.

10. Do not be convinced of anything out of respect and deference to your spiritual teachers.

 

You should go beyond opinion and belief. You can rightly reject anything which, when accepted, practised and perfected, leads to more aversion, more craving, and more delusion. They are not beneficial and are to be avoided.

Conversely, you can rightly accept anything which, when accepted and practised, leads to unconditional love, contentment, and wisdom. These things allow you time and space to develop a happy and peaceful mind.

This should be your criteria on what is and what is not the truth: on what should be and should not be the spiritual practice.

 

The Kalama Sutta

The Instruction to the Kalamas by Soma Thera

How to Choose a Religion by K Sri Dhammananda Thera

A Look at the Kalama Sutta by Bhikkhu Bodhi

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