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On what basis should a teaching be accepted as meritorious? In the Kalama Sutta of The Anguttara Nikaya, Buddha provides ten specific reasons which should not be used on their own to accept teachings and practices. Instead, one should personally verify whether or not a teaching is indeed meritorious. It is stressed that this method should be applied to all teachings, including Buddha’s own teachings. A teaching should not be accepted merely on the basis of:

Oral history, Traditional practices, News sources, Scriptures or other official texts, Logical reasoning, Philosophical reasoning, Common sense, One's own opinions, Authorities or experts, One's own teacher. Only when the teaching in question has been personally verified to result in the diminishment and non-arising of greed, hatred and ignorance (false views), should it be accepted and practiced.  •  adapted by Pankaj Seth