Thread: Being One's Own Teacher

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    Being One's Own Teacher

    In this article, Gil Fronsdal - a teacher at the Insight Meditation Centre, Redwood USA, - discusses the Kalama Sutta.


    ..and here's a link to a translation of the sutta:

    Any thoughts about Gil Fronsdal's article?

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    I think he gets the meaning behind the sutta right. The Buddha was offering more than mere following of tradition or set rules, or even logic. He was offering a way that uses the best of contemporary practice with a way to internalise his teachings, namely using the practices themselves and experiencing their benefits. In modern terms they had the chance to internalise elements of Buddhism, a process which means the impetus for practice comes from within. As long as the practice is valid, then you don't need a teacher to tell you what to do or to keep you motivated.

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