The meaning of “faith” is complex and, for many of us, strongly colored by past experience. In Buddhist philosophy, the word is sometimes translated as “trust” and is based solely on our own experience. We have “faith”, after all, that the sun will rise because we’ve seen it happen so many times. It is not blind faith but proven faith. In our practice, we cultivate awareness in order for us to find this kind of faith in the teachings of the Dharma. We explored this concept together through a series of short talks from IMC teacher Gil Fronsdal, sitting practice, and an exchange of responses and ideas, led this week by Steve.
A link to the talks is forthcoming.