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The question of faith

At first or even second look, Buddhism is not quickly associated with Faith.  In fact many look upon it as free of that which was least appealing in their religious upbringing, the insistence on things unseen, accessible only by belief.  But it turns out that Saddha, usually translated “Faith”, is one of the five most important spiritual faculties to the practitioner of Dharma, though its meaning and the perspective it introduces will different from what we might assume. 

Sam guided our reflections on Faith this Sunday, drawing on a guided meditation by Ajahn Sucitto and talks by Andrea Fella and Yanai Postelnik.

The full guided meditation is available here: https://www.dharmaseed.org/talks/audio_player/9/62970.html

You can listen to Andrea’s talk here: https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/20/talk/13903/

You can listen to Yanai’s talk here: https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/193/talk/26011/

“The way of love is not
a subtle argument.

The door there
is devastation.

Birds make great sky-circles
of their freedom.
How do they learn it?

They fall, and falling,
they’re given wings.”

Mawlana Jalal-al-Din Rumi