Thursday, September 21, 2006

The Kalama Sutta

The Charter Of Free Inquiry
Do not believe in anything (simply)
because you have heard it.

Do not believe in traditions because they
have been handed down for many generations.

Do not believe in anything because it is
spoken and rumoured by many.

Do not believe in anything (simply) because
it is found written in your religious books.

Do not believe in anything merely on the authority
of your teachers and elders.

But after observation and analysis,
when you find that anything agrees with reason
and is conductive to the good and benefit of one and all
then accept it and live up to it.

When you would know for yourselves, that "these things are unhealthy, these things, when entered upon and undertaken, incline toward harm and suffering" - then you should reject them. But when you know for yourself, that "these things are healthy, these things, when entered upon and undertaken, incline toward welfare and happiness" - then having come to them you should stay with them."
The Buddha
Reflections
* Things are not truthful and not good when
1. they have their roots in greed/anger/illwill/enmity/jealousy/aversion/revenge/hatred/cruelty/delusion/egoism/conceit
2. they cause harm/pain/suffering/sorrow to oneself/others
3. they tend to increase one's greed/attachment/craving/anger/hatred/delusion/ego.
* Things are truthful and good when
1. they have their roots in generosity/charity/helpfulness/loving-kindness/compassion/wisdom/sense of selflessness/clarity of mind
2. they bring about safety/happiness/joy/peace/harmony/freedom/non-attachment/calmness/equnimity in oneself/others
3. they tend to increase one's generosity/'sense of letting go'/loving-kindness/peace/joy/wisdom/ sense of selfless service to others.
With Metta,
Bro. Oh Teik Bin

2 comments:

chun peng said...

by the way. why the great teacher always have such a big figure compare to other monks or should they be other buddha also?

TomK74 said...

"Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations."

Dear Bro. Am I disrespecting my parents if I don't follow the religion they want me to? Thanks.
Tom