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What Buddhists Believe

What Buddhists Believe

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Buddhism is tolerant about traditions and customs provided they are
not harmful to the welfare of others.

THE Buddha advised us not to believe in anything simply

because it is our tradition or custom. However, we are not

advised to suddenly do away with all traditions. ‘ You must

try to experiment with them and put them thoroughly to test. If

they are reasonable and conducive both to your happiness and to

the welfare of others, only then should you accept and practise

these traditions and customs.’ (KALAMA SUTTA) This is certainly

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one of the most liberal declarations ever made by any religious

teacher. This tolerance of others’ traditions and customs is not

known to some other religionists. These religionists usually advise

their new converts to give up all their traditions, customs and

culture without considering whether they are good or bad. While

preaching the Dharma, Buddhist missionaries have never advised

the people to give up their traditions as long as they are reasonable.

But the customs and traditions must be within the framework of

religious principles. In other words, one should not violate the

universal religious precepts in order to follow one’s traditions. If

people are very keen to follow their own traditions which have no

religious value at all, they can do so provided that they do not

practise these traditions in the name of religion. Even then, such

practices must be harmless to oneself and to all other living

creatures.

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