Buddha's Advice on What To Believe - Kalama Sutta

"Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe simply because it has been handed down for many generations. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do nopt believe in anything simply because it is written in Holy Scriptures. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of teachers, elders, or wise men. Believe only after careful observation and analysis, when you find that it agrees with reason, and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all. Then accept it and live up to it." - Buddha

Thanks to Des Moines Meditator Jon Shelness for sending this quote from the Kalama Sutta in the Pali Canon.

This was the Buddha's answer when asked who and what should be believed when there are so many different teachers offering so many differnt teachings. Stated another way: "Only when one personally knows that a certain teaching is skillful, blameless, praiseworthy, and conducive to happiness, and that it is praised by the wise, should one then accept it as true and practice it."

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