In the Kalama Sutta, the Buddha teaches that we should not believe anything simply because it sounds right or good.

He says:

‘Do not go upon what has been acquired by repeated hearing,
nor upon tradition,
nor upon rumor,
nor upon what is in a scripture,
nor upon surmise,
nor upon an axiom,
nor upon specious reasoning,
nor upon a bias towards a notion that has been pondered over,
nor upon another’s seeming ability,
nor upon the consideration, “The monk is our teacher.”

Kalamas, when you yourselves know: “These things are good; these things are not blamable; these things are praised by the wise; undertaken and observed, these things lead to benefit and happiness,” enter on and abide in them.’

This is a great invitation for the Buddhist.

It is an invitation to experimentation.

It can be a door way to a life changing experience with Jesus.

Why Jesus?

Glad you asked.  Because he is the only one who ever claimed to be God in the flesh and to have defeated the powers of death, hell, sin, and bad karma (the ongoing effects of our wrong decisions.  The “due penalty” of our wrong actions.) He claimed that he was the way.

What way?

The way of escape and freedom from the cycle samsara that you are seeking through your own efforts.

Jesus saves.  You maybe you have not yet tasted of his power, his goodness, and his love. But you can.  Maybe you have read the teachings of Jesus and are inspired by his words, but you have not yet experienced Him.

You want proof that what He said is true.  I don’t blame you.  I challenge you.

Make an experiment and pray only to Jesus for the next 30 days.  If you have an altar in your home where you light joss sticks and ask for blessings, why not keep doing the same thing, but focus on praying first to Jesus and asking him to reveal Himself to you.  Ask for him to meet a need in your family, to heal someone you love, to help you to understand.

You don’t have to dishonor Buddhism to do this. You actually are honoring the teaching of the Dharma by obeying this Sutta and seeking truth that can lead to benefit and happiness in your life.

The true God and Creator promises us, “If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.”

He invites us to “taste and see that the LORD is good.”

He can be experienced.  He can be known.  If He is real and true then you owe it to yourself, to your own personal spiritual journey, to seek Him with your whole heart for at least the next 30 days.

What’s 30 days compared to a lifetime of seeking?

 

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