Friday, February 23, 2007


Faith is a quality akin to confidence and courage.
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Writer Alan Watts summed up the difference simply and pointedly as, ‘Belief clings, faith lets go.’ ‘”~ Sharon Salzberg

If you want to lose your faith, make friends with a priest.
G. I. Gurdjieff

Faith is a passionate intuition.
William Wordsworth

In the Kasibharadvaja Sutta of the Samyutta Nikaya, we have the relationship of faith, practice and wisdom:

Faith is the seed, practice the rain,
And wisdom is my yoke and plough.
Modesty’s the pole, mind the strap,
Mindfulness my ploughshare and goad.

In this the seed of faith only grows bigger with practice and wisdom of discernment.


focused his teachings on empiricism and faith. Although his first noble truth requires that we observe suffering until we comprehend it, we have to take on faith his assertion that the facts we observe about suffering are the most important guide for making decisions, moment by moment, throughout life. Because his third noble truth, the cessation of suffering, is a truth of the will, we have to take it on faith that it's a possible goal, a worthwhile goal, and that we're capable of attaining it. And because the fourth noble truth — the path to the cessation of suffering — is a path of action and skill, we have to take it on faith that our actions are real, that we have free will, and yet that there's a causal pattern to the workings of the mind from which we can learn in mastering that skill. As the Buddha said, the path will lead to a direct experience of these truths, but only if you bring faith to the practice will you know this for yourself. In other words, "faith" in the Buddhist context means faith in the ability of your actions to lead to a direct experience of the end of suffering. ---Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Sraddha is a beautiful Sanskrit word that is imprefectly mapped to Faith. Sraddha has connotations of trust, perseverance, humility and steady effort. Sraddha is the result of thorough reasoning and accumulated experience.

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