Believe Nothing

 

Believe nothing, no matter where you
read it, or who said it, no matter
if I have said it,unless it agrees
with your own reason and your
own common sense.

source: originally thought to be words
from The Buddha, these are not his words* 

image: Eddie’s Garden Photos
Yard Art August 2017

*ultimately it’s experience and the opinion
of the wise that is our guide, (here, experience
includes the experience of others, and the ‘wise’
that are determined by the insights of others and you)
this is from the teachings of The Buddha

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24 thoughts on “Believe Nothing

  1. Here is another quote with a similar meaning from the Kalama sutta:

    “Of course you are uncertain, Kalamas. Of course you are in doubt. When there are reasons for doubt, uncertainty is born. So in this case, Kalamas, don’t go by reports, by legends, by traditions, by scripture, by logical conjecture, by inference, by analogies, by agreement through pondering views, by probability, or by the thought, ‘This contemplative is our teacher.’ When you know for yourselves that, ‘These qualities are unskillful; these qualities are blameworthy; these qualities are criticized by the wise; these qualities, when adopted & carried out, lead to harm & to suffering’ — then you should abandon them.

    “Now, Kalamas, don’t go by reports, by legends, by traditions, by scripture, by logical conjecture, by inference, by analogies, by agreement through pondering views, by probability, or by the thought, ‘This contemplative is our teacher.’ When you know for yourselves that, ‘These qualities are skillful; these qualities are blameless; these qualities are praised by the wise; these qualities, when adopted & carried out, lead to welfare & to happiness’ — then you should enter & remain in them.

  2. I think it is a quote from the Buddha. Goenka Ji, the Vipassana Meditation teacher used to say that quote.Goenka spoke Pali, the original language that Buddha spoke in.

    • There was concern expressed over it’s originality. In such a case I copy and pasted the quote on
      Google and pressed search. Information revealed that these words are not actually as he said them.
      The sub text below this post gives some indication as to what He actually said. I apologize for any
      confusion. Further clarification may be obtained by researching the information for yourself and thus
      avoid any more confusion. Thank you for revealing your concern and interest

    • Always wonderful to hear your thoughts on these posts Sue.
      ‘Yard Art’ decorate the gardens here and there.
      Went through the ‘spam’ folder and did not find any of your comments.

      • Hoping that I am now a Free Spirit again LOL.. Its not just been yours Eddie.. Others too I have disappeared down the rabbit hole.. 🙂

    • Please come back and re-read it. This was not the exact quote from The Buddha.
      A kind friend pointed out the potential error. Corrections have been made.
      Thanks so much for your kind response

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