Sunday, 17 September 2017

Buddha's teaching in the Kalama Sutta

Do not believe in what you have heard;
do not believe in the traditions because they had been handed down for generations,
do not believe in anything because it is rumoured and spoken by many;
do not believe merely because a written statement of some old sage is produced;
do not believe in conjectures;
do not believe in that as truth to which you have become attached by habits
do not believed merely the authority of your teachers and elders.
After observation and analysis, when it agrees with reason and is conductive to the good and gain of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.
Pray do not, therefore, believe me when I come to the philosophical issues until and unless you are convinced of what I say, either as a sequel to proper reasoning or by means of a practical approach.

To abstain from evil;
           To do good;
              To purify the mind
These are teachings of all the Buddhas. 

It sounds simple but is so difficult to practice.  One cannot be a true Buddhist unless he puts he doctrine of Buddha into practice.  

Buddha said:
Ye to whom the truths I have perceived have been made known by me, make them surely your own; practice them, meditate upon them, spread them abroad; in order that the pure religion may last long and be perpetuated for the good and the gain and the weal of men.  

[ Buddhism is not religion. It is a system of philosophy coordinated with code of morality, physical and mental. The in view is the extinction of suffering and death.]