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The Wheel Publication No. 8


Copyright 1981 Buddhist Publication Society
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TITLE OF WORK: Kalama Sutta: The Buddha's Charter of Free Inquiry
(The Wheel Publication No. 8)

AUTHOR: Soma Thera, tr.

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