Tenzin1 wrote:The common interpretations of this sutra also fail to take into account the context of the teaching. The Buddha was answering the Kalamas' question about how to discern a true teacher from a false one, among the many wandering visionaries, ascetics and holy people of the time. He was not speaking of himself. He was simply providing criteria to the Kalamas to apply to the would-be teachers who came their way. It is in other teachings of the Buddha that he recommends to test his own teachings to see if they are helpful, not in the Kalama Sutra.
Karma Dondrup Tashi wrote:Those pesky Kalamas and all the trouble they caused.
Luke wrote:I don't have any problem with the Kalamas or with any other people who take their time to examine different spiritual traditions.
What I have a problem with is when people label their process of skeptical inquiry as "Buddhism" before they have any faith or confidence in the Buddha's teachings.
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