The Kālāma Sutta (or Kālāma Sūtra) is often cited by those of the Theravada and Mahayana traditions alike as the Buddha’s “charter of free inquiry.”
It is also used for advocating prudence by the use of sound logical reasoning arguments and the dialectic principles for inquiries in the practice that relates to the discipline of seeking truth, wisdom and knowledge whether it is religious or not. In short, the Kālāma Sutta is opposed to blind faith, dogmatism and belief spawned from specious reasoning.
One day Buddha passes through the village of Kesaputta and is greeted by its inhabitants, a clan called the Kalamas. They ask for his advice: they say that many wandering holy men and ascetics pass through, expounding their teachings and criticizing the teachings of others. So whose teachings should they follow? They complained that they were confused by the many contradictions they discovered in what they heard. The…
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