From ‘General Introduction’, in “In the Buddha’s Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon”, by Bhikku Bodhi

“the Dhamma is not a secret or esoteric teaching, but one which “shines when taught openly.” It does not demand blind faith in authoritarian scriptures, in divine revelations, or infallible dogmas, but invites investigation and appeals to personal experience as the ultimate criterion for determining its validity. The  teaching is concerned with the arising and cessation of suffering, which can be observed in one’s own experience. It does not set up even the Buddha as an unimpeachable authority but invites us to examine him to determine whether he fully deserves our trust and confidence. Finally, it offers a step-by-step procedure whereby we can put the teaching to the test, and by doing so realize the ultimate truth for ourselves. “

From ‘General Introduction’, in “In the Buddha’s Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon”, by Bhikku Bodhi

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