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From the Kalama Sutta

It would've been so great to hear something like this when I was younger. Although it probably did me more good learning it for myself.

The criterion for rejection

4. "It is proper for you, Kalamas, to doubt, to be uncertain;uncertainty has arisen in you about what is doubtful. Come, Kalamas. 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.' Kalamas, when you yourselves know: 'These things are bad; these things are blamable; these things are censured by the wise; undertaken and observed, these things lead to harm and ill,' abandon them.

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mellifera
Mar. 21st, 2006 02:08 am (UTC)
Thanks for posting that. I couldn't recall the name of it.
cherith
Mar. 21st, 2006 09:05 pm (UTC)
No problem. I wanted to do it before I forgot the name. I found this version on buddhanet.net through Google. It's a bit repetitive, with this part being the main piece.
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