1000 petals by axinia

the only truth I know is my own experience

Kalama Sutta – the Buddha`s reply November 25, 2011

Filed under: thoughts — axinia @ 1:05 am


Do not believe anything on mere hearsay.

Do not believe in traditions merely because they are old and have been handed down for many generations and in many places.

Do not believe anything on account of rumours or because people talk a great deal about it.

Do not believe anything because you are shown the written testimony of some ancient sage.

Do not believe in what you have fancied, thinking that, because it is extraordinary, it must have been inspired by a god or other wonderful being.

Do not believe anything merely because presumption is in its favour, or because the custom of many years inclines you to take it as true.

Do not believe anything merely on the authority of your teachers and priests. But, whatever, after thorough investigation and reflection, you find to agree with reason and experience, as conducive to the good and benefit of one and all and of the world at large, accept only that as true, and shape your life in accordance with it.

Do not accept any doctrine from reverence, but first try it as gold is tried by fire.

The Kalama people of the town of Kesaputta asked the Buddha who to believe out of all the ascetics, sages, venerables, and holy ones who, like himself, passed through their town. They complained that they were confused by the many contradictions they discovered in what they heard. The Kalama Sutta is the Buddha’s reply.


7 Responses to “Kalama Sutta – the Buddha`s reply”

  1. Annemarie Says:

    dear Axinia….wonderful topic…as usually!

    thanks a lot!

  2. fentabulos!.quite good. i’ll keep in touch regularly. your post is appreciated
    “budham sharanam gutchami”

  3. There are so many things that one does not have to believe in, but the puzzle is – what does one believe in? 🙂

    Destination Infinity

  4. mahesh chendake Says:

    Axinia, there is one dought? Life is too short to take all experiences, why not to believe certain eternal things like peace,love, trustworthiness, humor,friendship, relationships….etc .
    Some time your inner voice say something else, why not believe on that?….
    of course nature is big guru and one can learn through his own psyco- social experiences even they are complex one but it requires lot of understanding and witness watching….

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