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Kalama Sutra

Postby Buddhist Swastika » Thu May 13, 2010 3:58 am

Anybody here got a copy of the Kalama Sutra?
I love this one.

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Re: Kalama Sutra

Postby Ben » Thu May 13, 2010 4:07 am

Hi BS
You might like to go to the introductions forum: viewforum.php?f=10 and introduce yourself.
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Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.

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sobbhesu padaresu ca,
saṇantā yanti kusobbhā,
tuṇhīyanti mahodadhī.

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Re: Kalama Sutra

Postby Ben » Thu May 13, 2010 4:09 am

Online version of the kalama sutta: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .soma.html
Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.

Taṃ nadīhi vijānātha:
sobbhesu padaresu ca,
saṇantā yanti kusobbhā,
tuṇhīyanti mahodadhī.

Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Kalama Sutra

Postby retrofuturist » Thu May 13, 2010 4:19 am

Greetings,

See also the Google Saffron search engine linked to in my signature. A search on the Kalama Sutta will yield several interesting results. Be aware though there are some terrible misrepresentations of the Kalama Sutta out there, so be careful with any that take liberties to re-write it according to their own agenda. The one Ben links to is fine.

Metta,
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One who is such, calmed and ever mindful, He has no sorrows! -- Udana IV, 7


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Re: Kalama Sutra

Postby ground » Thu May 13, 2010 4:55 am

Ben wrote:Online version of the kalama sutta: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .soma.html

Kalamas, when you yourselves know: "These things are bad; these things are blamable; these things are censured by the wise; ...
Kalamas, when you yourselves know: 'These things are good; these things are not blamable; these things are praised by the wise; undertaken and observed, these things lead to benefit and happiness,'

It can bee seen that actually "knowing" is presupposed: "knowing" what to abandon and what to untertake and knowing to discern the "wise" and the "unwise".
One of many example's of an advice refering the subject to itself. That whould be a blind alley if concrete instructions would not follow about what "The disciple of the Noble Ones" abandon and what they undertake.

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