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One of the few core texts of Buddhism quite well suited to be quoted side by side with the ideas of Scientific Materialism, the Kesamuttisuttaṃ/Kālāma Sutta (AN 3.65; PTS: A.i.188; Thai 3.66) (aka ‘The Buddha’s Charter of Free Inquiry’), in a stylized/prosed form goes like this:

Don’t blindly believe what I say. Don’t believe me because others convince you of my words. Don’t believe anything you see, read, or hear from others, whether of authority, religious teachers or texts. Don’t rely on logic alone, nor speculation. Don’t infer or be deceived by appearances.

Do not give up your authority and follow blindly the will of others. This way will lead to only delusion.

Find out for yourself what is truth, what is real. Discover that there are virtuous things and there are non-virtuous things. Once you have discovered for yourself give up the bad and embrace the good.

So listen to these wise words attributed to Shakyamuni. Enjoy the ride.


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