In the following passage, I know here the word "authority" should not be the meaning: "political or administrative power and control", it's not suitable in this context.

May be, I think the meaning of it will be "tradition or rite and ritual". I'm not sure.

how should I understand this phrase "Blind faith in authority" or the word "authority"?

The contexts:

Inasmuch as the Buddha teaches that all genuine progress on the path of virtue is necessarily dependent upon one’s own understanding and insight, all dogmatism is excluded from the Buddha’s teaching. Blind faith in authority is rejected by the Buddha, and is entirely opposed to the spirit of his teaching.

"Fundamentals of Buddhism" by Nyanatiloka Mahåthera, Page. 5

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The definition from Merriam-Webster that best fits is:

4 c : an individual cited or appealed to as an expert

Buddha teaches not to believe what someone says simply because they are acknowledged as an expert, or have the title of expert.

  • Thanks a lot...
    – Sakya Kim
    Commented Aug 23, 2022 at 5:10

It doesn't mean quite either of those things.

It means "somebody or something outside you telling you the answers or what to do".

It's sense 4 at Wiktionary:

Status as a trustworthy source of information, reputation for mastery or expertise; or claim to such status or reputation.

  • you mean ''outward things''?
    – Sakya Kim
    Commented Aug 22, 2022 at 11:38
  • I want more and clear answer please...
    – Sakya Kim
    Commented Aug 22, 2022 at 11:39
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    I believe I have given you a clear answer (with a source). What is it you are asking for beyond that?
    – Colin Fine
    Commented Aug 22, 2022 at 13:51
  • Thanks, I got it...
    – Sakya Kim
    Commented Aug 23, 2022 at 5:11

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