extracted from Kalama Sutta: Yes, you may well doubt. You may well be uncertain. In a doubtful matter, uncertainty does arise. Come with me and listen… 1.Do not [make the basis for a belief] based on an unbroken succession of teaching [or of teachers].continue reading...
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Sutta: a discourse or sermon by the Buddha or his contemporary disciples. After the Buddha's death the suttas were passed down in the Pali language according to a well-established oral tradition, and were finally committed to written form in Sri Lanka around 100 BCE. More than 10,000 suttas are collected in the Sutta Piṭaka, one of the principal bodies of scriptural literature in Theravāda Buddhism. The Pali Suttas are widely regarded as the earliest record of the Buddha's teachings. For more info, visit http://www.accesstoinsight.org/glossary.html#s
“O monks, if people knew, as I know, the result of giving and sharing, they would not eat without having given, nor would they allow the stain of niggardliness to obsess them and take root in their minds.continue reading...
The Buddha: “Yes, Kalamas, you may well doubt, you may well be uncertain. In a doubtful matter, uncertainty does arise. Come, Kalamas, do not [make a basis for religious beliefs] an authoritative tradition maintained by ...continue reading...