Sunday, October 3, 2010

Sunday Ponder

Do not be satisfied with hearsay or with tradition or with legendary lore or with what has come down in scriptures or with conjecture or with logical inference or with weighing evidence or with liking for a view after pondering over it or with someone else’s ability or with the thought, “This monk is our teacher.” When you know in yourselves, “These things are wholesome, blameless, commended by the wise, and being adopted and put into effect they lead to welfare and happiness,” then you should practice and abide in them.

—The Buddha, from the Kalama Sutra


  1. yes,

    and I remember reading something Karen Armstrong wrote about reading the Torah, the Bible, the Koran, etc always with new eyes, new lessons, new applications, learning learning learning.

  2. Too long to be embroidered on a pillow but could you just say, "Do the right thing"? (Thank-you, Buddha Spike.)
    You know I love this entirely.

  3. Don't follow leaders, watch your parking meters-

    Bob Dylan

  4. Thanks I needed that. I think I might be able to go to sleep now and stop worrying about that little gerbil running around my brain making me believe all sorts of things.

  5. The photo is fantastic. Did you take it? The!

  6. I just plugged my Zen player in to recharge after listening to an interview that lit my soul in just the way the Buddha describes. Thanks for the affirmation!

  7. i love this simple question...
    "does it lead to welfare and happiness?"
    why should it be any more complex than this?

    and yes, can we please extend this way of thinking to ALL....aren't we so over the egocentric divides of many ways of thinking?

    oh....and i love your new colourful blog home!

  8. It's true, we make our own happiness.

    PS Love the new blog design.

  9. Abide is one of my favorite words/concepts. Love the quote!



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