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“Believe nothing on the faith of traditions, even though they have been held in honor for many generations, in many places. Do not believe a thing because many people speak of it. Do not believe on the faith of the sages of the past. Do not believe what you yourself have imagined, persuading yourself that some god inspires you. Believe nothing on the sole authority of your masters or priests. After examination, believe what you yourself have tested and found to be rational, and conform your conduct thereto.”


The Kālāma Sutta is a discourse of the Buddha The “sutta” describes the Buddha, when he passed 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.  Whose teachings should they follow?