Kalama Sutta (Sutra)

January 2010

  • Do not accept anything on mere hearsay.
  • Do not accept anything by mere tradition.
  • Do not accept anything on account of rumors.
  • Do not accept anything just because it accords with your scriptures.
  • Do not accept anything by mere supposition.
  • Do not accept anything by mere inference.
  • Do not accept anything by merely considering the appearances.
  • Do not accept anything merely because it agrees with your preconceived notions.
  • Do not accept anything merely because it seems acceptable.
  • Do not accept anything thinking that the ascetic is respected by us (and thus whatever he says is acceptable).

But when you know for yourself - these things are immoral, these things are blameworthy, these things are censured by the wise, these things, when performed and undertaken, conduce to ruin and sorrow - then reject them.


When you know for yourself - these things are moral, these things are blameless, these things are praised by the wise, these things, when performed and undertaken, conduce to well-being and happiness - then live and act accordingly."

The Buddha