Tag: Kalama Sutta

The Buddha’s Charter of Free Inquiry

| February 1, 2018 | 0 Comments
The Buddha’s Charter of Free Inquiry

The Buddha’s discourse to the Kālāmas outlines a charter of free inquiry. It strikes us today as expressing a very modern approach to the world. We’ll look at how that is, and its down-to-earth take on ethics and knowledge. Kesaputtiya (the Discourse to the Kālāmas) Soma Thera: The Buddha’s Charter of Free Inquiry Check out […]

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One Way the Dharma Can Bite Us

| December 7, 2017 | 7 Comments
One Way the Dharma Can Bite Us

If we misuse the dharma it can come back to bite us: this is the upshot of one famous sutta. We will look at this sutta and consider some of its implications for our approach to the Buddha’s teachings both online and in person. Suttas discussed in this video: Alagaddūpama Sutta Kālāma Sutta (Kesaputtiya)

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What Might the Buddha Say About Secular Buddhism?

| August 28, 2017 | 10 Comments
What Might the Buddha Say About Secular Buddhism?

What might the Buddha have thought about secular approaches to Buddhism? We will take a look at arguments found in a couple of early texts, the Apaṇṇaka and Sandaka Suttas, as jumping-off points. Our trip will take us through perhaps the earliest known materialist philosopher, as well as Blaise Pascal’s wager for the existence of […]

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Unlearning Buddhism (Stephen Batchelor)

| October 21, 2011 | 3 Comments
Unlearning Buddhism (Stephen Batchelor)

A reflection on the difficulties involved in and the methodology of a secular approach to Buddhism, followed by a reading of and comments on the Kalama Sutta, considered as a primary source text for secular Buddhism

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The Secular Buddha (Stephen Batchelor)

| October 17, 2011 | 1 Comment
The Secular Buddha (Stephen Batchelor)

An introduction to and overview of the concept of secular Buddhism. From Dharmaseed.org

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