Buddhism And Science : Buddhism Essay
Looking closely at the Kālāma Sutta one would assume that the structure is very familiar. One would theorize that is consonant with science. In other words, one cannot ignore the fact that the data and the way the Buddha expounded his teaching is very similar to that of science methodology, namely, empiricism. It is very much alike to the scientific method that is well-known today—of theoretical, hypothesis, test, and result. Further, the Buddha place great emphasis on critical thinking and reasoning make it vivid clear to scholars to think that Buddhism is in agreement with science.
Let examine the passage that are highly discuss in the academic world:
“Come, Kalamas. Do not go upon what has been acquired by repeated hearing, nor upon tradition, nor upon rumor, nor upon scripture, nor upon surmise, nor upon axiom, nor upon specious reasoning, nor upon bias towards a notion pondered over, nor upon another’s seeming ability, nor upon the consideration ‘The monk is our teacher.’ When you yourselves know: ‘These things are bad, blamable, censured by the wise; undertaken and observed, these things lead to harm and ill,’ abandon them... When you yourselves know: ‘These things are good, blameless, praised by the wise; undertaken and observed, these things lead to benefit and happiness,’ enter on and abide in them.” P1
The Kalama sutta show that after the Buddha list the ten criteria that one should not go upon, and then follow up by explain the reason why…